Cork University Hospital: The HSE internal audit also raises queries regarding the payment of allowances on top of salary to a number of senior nurses in Cork and Kerry. Photograph:  Patrick Hogan/Provision

A medical consultant received nearly €70,000 in additional overtime payments for work carried out for another part of the HSE because it was not poss(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: said current system for dealing with brain injury cases is ‘very adversarial’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minster for Health Leo Varadkar has suggested the Government could consider introducing a non-adversarial system for dealing with the cases of childre(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Hospital groups should be given autonomy to set their own pay rates for senior managers and doctors, the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said. H(...)

The Department of Health stressed the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill is a “top priority” for Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Publication of legislation to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol and regulate advertising has been delayed until the autumn, creating doubts about (...)

Fair Deal review: Fianna Fáil warned that Government pledges on the scheme should be treated with scepticism. Photograph: Getty Images

Private and voluntary nursing home operators have said the Fair Deal review published yesterday cannot be left to gather dust. Nursing Homes Ireland ((...)

 Minister for  Social Care Kathleen Lynch said Government would seek to generate efficiencies from administrative reforms in the Fair Deal nursing homes scheme. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government has sidestepped the potentially explosive issue of increasing charges for people in long-term residential care. However, it remains to (...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch said the Government was not contemplating any fundamental change to eligibility for the Fair Deal nursing home support scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The Government will not ask older people to make larger contributions for long-term residential care, Minister of State at the Department of Health Ka(...)

What is the Fair Deal scheme? Fair Deal is the name given to the State’s Nursing Home Support Scheme which effectively finances long-term care (...)

Allegations set out in an  RTÉ Investigations Unit programme regarding  the publicly funded St Vincent’s University Hospital are understood not to have  been included in an  original letter from a whistleblower sent to  Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.  File photograph: Dave Meehan

While a number of investigations into allegations of procurement irregularities in hospitals were under way before the Prime Time report by the RTÉ In(...)

Rory Staunton, who died in April, 2012 from septic shock. Rory’s parents have been campaigning to raise awareness of the condition ever since.

In March 2012, 12-year-old Rory Staunton cut his arm during a basketball game at school. By midnight, he was vomiting, running a high temperature and (...)