A HIQA report has found that a centre, run by the Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services, St Anne’s Residential Services in Roscrea, was understaffed.

Disabled residents were shouted at and called names by staff of a Tipperary based centre for people with disabilities, inspection reports by the Healt(...)

The other day, I googled “patients on trolleys” and 0.34 seconds later I was presented with 384,000 hits. No matter what year I chose to explore fu(...)

Some of us will need a great deal of care support in our final years, others will remain largely healthy and active until virtually the end. Because o(...)

The Health Information and Quality Authority published hygiene reports on 11 different Irish hospitals on Friday. Photograph: Getty Images

Patients, staff and visitors at a midlands hospital were at high risk of infection due to poor hygiene practices on the children’s ward, according to (...)

An inspection at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown found two units were majorly noncompliant in eight of the 18 standards tested against. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Patients at a Dublin hospital were exposed to burns risks and unhygienic medication practices, according to a report from the Health Information and (...)

Dr Susan O’Reilly,  chief executive of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, has given assurances that all five departments at Portlaoise hospital will remain open. Photograph: Frank Miller

There are no plans to rationalise services at Portlaoise hospital despite the problems identified in its maternity and emergency departments, accordi(...)

The Irish Medical Organisation wants commitments on ring-fenced funding and an adherence to safety standards in the health service that are equal to or greater than those imposed by the Health Information and Quality Authority.  File photograph: Lex Van Lieshout/AFP/Getty Images

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has called on political parties to outline and cost a five-year plan for the health service in advance of the gen(...)

 The Hiqa report revealed the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise was removed from a list of 10 small hospitals to be downgraded from 24-hour facilities in 2011. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said it is his “duty” to advocate “grade one” services at Portlaoise hospital in his constituency(...)

Hiqa stands its ground

There has been too much official ducking and diving because of a highly critical report by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) concern(...)

Last month, The Irish Times reported that the HSE had threatened to take legal action to prevent the publication of the Hiqa report which has placed some blame for shortcomings at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, on senior corporate management.

The advocacy group Patient Focus has accused the HSE of “attempting with all its power” to prevent the publication of a report into Portlaoise hospita(...)