The presence of large amounts of bird droppings at a Co Galway hospital could pose an infection risk to patients, the State’s health watchdog has warn(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has paid an impromptu visit to a HSE run nursing home which was the subject of a damning HIQA report published this week.(...)

Older patients, cancer patients, surgical and gastrointestinal patients are more vulnerability to malnutrition and dehydration.

Hospitals will undergo unannounced inspections as the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) attempts to tackle patient malnutrition and dehy(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said the problems reported at nursing homes were ‘unacceptable’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Recent reports of inadequate standards in nursing homes by the health watchdog Hiqa are “unacceptable”, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said. Sp(...)

Inspectors have criticised a nursing home run by the HSE for providing inadequate access to showers and toilets for vulnerable residents. It is the se(...)

‘Priorities should  turn to engagement with users of the services (the proposed Working Group makes no mention of them) . . .’ Photograph: Getty Images

One of the great advances of the last century is that nearly all of us will live longer and with less disability than recent generations. A part of th(...)

A Hiqa report has found that St Patrick’s Community Hospital in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, was in breach of 12 of the 18 standards it was inspected against. Photograph: Brian Shaw

Carl O’Brien Inspectors have found some older residents at a HSE-run nursing home had not received a bath or shower for a month or more. The finding i(...)

 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 (...)

Cleaning in the A&E Department at Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick. Photograph: The |rish Times

The Health Service Executive spent €38 million on external cleaning companies last year. In a letter to the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC(...)

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 (...)