The report argues that the widespread use of agency nurses in inpatient hospital units – who are often unfamiliar with patient issues and hospital processes – should be phased out. Photograph: Joerg Reimann/Getty Images

Deficiencies remain in aspects of cancer care in Ireland despite major progress in recent years, an international evaluation commissioned by the Gove(...)

In one case in the Louth-Meath area, it took three years for social workers to respond to concerns about a child threatening suicide. Photograph: The Irish Times 6:47

Fears for the safety of many children of asylum-seekers living in direct provision have been flagged in an official report to be published shortly. Ch(...)

 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(...)

Hiqa inspectors have raised ‘grave concerns’ over practices  at two centres on the St John of God Community Services campus in Co Kildare. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A resident of a centre for the disabled in Co Kildare had to “purchase” staffing when his day services were closed, as his needs could not be met with(...)

From left: Ollie Kelly, Amy Delahunt, Roisin Molloy and Mark Molloy appearing at the Oireachtas health committee. 3:30

Families who lost babies at Portlaoise hospital have called on Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to investigate all levels of HSE management in relatio(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar during a visit to Portlaoise hospital last week. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

More than a week after the publication of a highly critical report on maternity services at Portlaoise hospital, there has been much outpouring of (...)

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 said he disagreed with the original plan for the group to be part of the HSE structure. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

  The Department of Health last year halted preparations for the establishment of a new patient safety/advocacy body – one of the key reco(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar  at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise where he paid a visit there to meet with management at the hospital this week. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

Parents of babies who died at Midlands hospital in Portlaoise “were not dealt with honestly”, Leo Varadkar has said.The Minister for Health said he fo(...)

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(...)