Tony O’Brien said the HSE bid for €22 million to fund initiatives,  but got nothing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Health Service Executive received none of the funding it sought from the Government to develop services in the Midland Regional Hospital at the t(...)

 Tony O’Brien, director general of the HSE, leaving the Dáil following the  Oireachtas health committee. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

HSE director general Tony O’Brien is to meet RTÉ director general Noel Curran over allegations the HSE tried to suppress last year’s Prime Time progr(...)

Former Coombe master Dr Chris Fitzpatrick confirmed a report was sent to the HSE and the Department of Health ‘at the highest level’ under the auspices of the HSE’s clinical programme in obstetrics. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Senior managers in the HSE and Department of Health were alerted to “critical clinical risks” at Portlaoise hospital four years ago, but failed to res(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “I am ashamed at the manner in which patients were treated without respect, care and compassion when they most needed it by members of my own profession and other professions.” Photograph: Colin Keegan

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said he was ashamed at the treatment afforded to expectant parents at Portlaoise hospital who were often treated inh(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said patients and their families were treated ‘dreadfully and at times inhumanely’ at Portlaoise hospital. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin 2:32

Leo Varadkar says he is “ashamed” with the manner patients were treated at Portlaise hospital. The Minister for Health said an independent patient adv(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: Promised the independent patient advocacy service recommended in the report by the State’s health watchdog would be fully independent of the Health Service Executive. Photograph: Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has responded to a damning report on baby deaths at Portlaoise hospital by promising to publish a national strategy f(...)

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn said the report shone a light on what happened in the hospital and described it as a “seminal moment” in the history of the health service. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

An independent patient safety service should be established within a year to ensure patients’ experiences are learned from, according to the Health In(...)

A file image of the St Vincent’s public hospital, in  Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times.

St Vincent’s Private Hospital in south Dublin has a parasitic dependence on the adjacent State-funded public hospital, the head of the HSE has said. T(...)

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(...)