Hiqa stands its ground

There has been too much official ducking and diving because of a highly critical report by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) concern(...)

The draft report points to significant high-level concerns over the quality and safety of the maternity unit as far back as 2007. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

“Austerity focused” senior HSE officials failed to visit Portlaoise hospital to assess safety after revelations of a series of baby deaths in the mate(...)

The Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Hiqa’s draft report reflected ‘a subjective and selective approach’, said HSE director general Tony O’Brien. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Health Information and Quality Authority’s draft report into Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, contains some factual inaccuracies, lacks c(...)

Tony O Brien, director general of the  HSE, said he didn’t dispute the serious problems at the hospital. Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The HSE appealed to the Department of Health to “urgently intervene” earlier in the bitter row with health watchdog Hiqa over its investigation into (...)

A preliminary report by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) on standards of care at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise is dam(...)

Mount Carmel Hospital in Dublin’s Churchtown was bought by the HSE to provide 65 extra short-stay beds.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A major industrial relations row is looming over plans by HSE management to outsource the operation of a new State-owned facility providing community (...)

Dublin Corporation was the only local authority to retain its ambulance service in 1970 when, under the Health Act, others relinquished theirs to the new health boards. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The HSE, which delivers ambulance services across the State outside Dublin, and to some extent in Dublin too, has been consolidating its National Ambu(...)

Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, Co Galway: Measures were introduced after the detection of seven cases in which babies died or were seriously injured

The safety of babies being delivered at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe continued to be at risk even after the detection of seven cases in which (...)

In a letter to HSE director general Tony O’Brien, Dr O’Connell said his wife had got an academic position in Australia “and I wish to return to Australia to pursue other employment opportunities”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The “much-reduced” salary in Ireland compared with Australia was too much of a financial challenge for him, according to the doctor who stepped dow(...)

The Minister said a number of measures had been put in place to tackle emergency department overcrowding since the start of the year.  Photograph: Getty Images

Efforts to tackle overcrowding in hospital emergency departments have not been enough, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said.He said about 1,000 a(...)