Savita Halappanavar died one week after she was admitted to University Hospital Galway when she was 17 weeks pregnant and miscarrying in late 2012. File photograph: The Irish Times

New guidelines have been published to improve the performance of hospitals in treating patients with sepsis, two years after the death of Savita Halap(...)

The roll-out of the national bowel cancer screening programme has been accompanied by lengthening waiting lists for essential tests

The roll-out of the national bowel cancer screening programme has been accompanied by lengthening waiting lists for essential tests, two reports indic(...)

Gordon Jeyes, Chief Executive of Tusla- Child and Family Agency and Suzanne O’Brien who spent time in foster care. Inspectors have found a number of foster care households had not had visits from professionals to check if children’s needs were being addressed. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Social services were unable to guarantee a safe and effective service was being delivered to children in foster care in parts of the State, an inspect(...)

A file image of Dr Ray Walley, chairman of the GP committee of the IMO. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland and other European countries are experiencing a “silent epidemic” of superbugs caused by rising resistance to antibiotics, a conference on pri(...)

A stock image of the Clostridium difficile bacteria. Patients at Cavan General Hospital are at higher risk of the infection, Hiqa finds. Photograph: Getty Images.

Patients at Cavan General Hospital are at high risk of infection from the Clostridium difficile superbug, partly due to poor hand washing by staff, ac(...)

Roisin and Mark Molloy from Castlebrack, Killeigh, Co. Offaly pictured speaking to the media outside the Four Courts on Wednesday after a settlement in their High Court action for damages. Photograph: Collins Courts

The family of a baby who died following his birth at Midland Regional Hospital – but who was recorded as a stillbirth – have settled their legal actio(...)

Former nursing home staff member alleges comments  about her appearance were made by the home’s owner.  Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The owner of a Longford nursing home allegedly made comments about a nurse’s appearance and suggested she “open a few buttons” on her blouse on a summ(...)

A protester pictured at the Roscommon hospital protest outside Leinster House. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

All politics is local, as any politician seeking to close or downgrade a hospital will find out very quickly. No issue provokes such emotion in local (...)

 Why do we get so worked up about the negligible threat from Ebola and ignore real and present dangers, such as healthcare workers not washing their hands properly?

The hype about Ebola is similar to that surrounding Aids in the early 1980s. People feared infection because of homophobia and ignorance about transmi(...)

The Health Information and Quality Authority has published two reports on the nursing home - Áras Cois Fharraige, a 42-bed facility near Spiddal - which  note concerns about complaints procedures, the nutritional needs of residents not being well met and the privacy afforded to residents in shared rooms being unsatisfactory.

Inspectors have expressed concern about staffing levels and how the health and social care needs of residents at a Co Galway nursing home have been ha(...)