Hiqa has published new standards on e-prescribing to help reduce medication errors. Photograph: Thinkstock

Standards that will enable doctors to electronically prescribe medication to help reduce errors have been published by the Health Information and Qual(...)

The argument began on Monday when Dublin City Council announced that the Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance call and dispatch function would be transferred into the HSE’s control later this year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

About 200 firefighter paramedics in Dublin Fire Brigade who are members of trade union Impact are likely to ballot for industrial action in protest at(...)

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(...)

According to the HSE, it was notified of the incident at St Raphael’s Centre in Youghal, Co Cork on February 23rd. It has informed both the Garda and HIQA of the alleged assault.

The HSE has begun an investigation into an alleged assault on a resident with an intellectual disability by a staff member at one of its centres.Acco(...)

 Dr Helen Buckley: chair of National Review Panel in 2013 that revealed  almost 40 children and young people died while in State care in 2011 and 2012

The Health and Information Quality Authority (Hiqa) has published new standards designed to ensure children in State care are safe and get adequate su(...)

 Brendan O’Brien of Siptu said: “This is an issue where, for too long, two agencies refused to address the issue. The relationship has been characterised by competition, inter services rivalries. Somebody has to intervene and say this is not good enough we need to put patients safety first.” Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Members of the trade union Siptu working in the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) are to ballot for industrial action in response to moves to transfer parts o(...)

In practice, women in Ireland have little choice about how, when and where to give birth. Photograph: Thinkstock

Ireland’s maternity services are unfit for purpose. The maternity unit in Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, Co Galway is the latest to come under s(...)

Funding of nursing homes

Sir, – I write to you as the chief executive of Newbrook, a group of five nursing homes across the midlands and west of Ireland providing care to 300 (...)

Micheál Martin: “More people at risk of dying in our hospitals before the Government decides to get to grips with it”

The Government was accused by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin of having no sense of urgency about the increased risk of people dying in hospitals du(...)

Gerry Adams told the Dáil on Wednesday the total trolley patients figure of 479 included 40 in Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in his Louth constituency. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

There were 479 people “languishing on trolleys in hospital corridors’’ this morning, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said.He told the Dáil on Wednesday t(...)