Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “Clearly relations between the HSE and St Vincent’s are not in a good place. There does need to be more dialogue between the two and for necessary information to be made available to the HSE.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The dispute between between the Health Service Executive and the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, which runs two of Dublin’s main public hospitals, is d(...)

Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty outside the Dáil. Ms Doherty has called for investigations into each of the baby deaths at Portlaoise hospital.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 3:30

The cases of each of the families who lost a baby at Portlaoise hospital should be individually investigated to determine exactly how the loss of life(...)

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(...)

The official maximum waiting times or targets range from 20 weeks to one year. ‘Now there are over 50,000 patients for whom these waiting times have been breached,’ wrote Leo  Varadkar

There are 50,000 people now waiting longer for hospital appointments, procedures and tests than official targets set out by the HSE. The figure was re(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with Frank Dolphin,  chairman of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group,  during a visit to the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.  Mr Varadkar said that four medical staff from the hospital have been referred for possible disciplinary action arising from the deaths of a number of babies in recent years. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Four medical personnel from Portlaoise hospital have been referred for possible disciplinary action arising from the deaths of a number of babies in r(...)

File photograph of Portlaoise hospital. The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) said a Hiqa report on the hospital highlighted the ‘critical importance’ of a properly resourced health service. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The underfunding of frontline hospital services is undermining the safety and quality of acute care, according to a hospital consultants group.The Iri(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: organisation’s submission included a request for nearly €600 million for specific new projects and developments that it wanted to put in place.

The HSE told the Government last September that it needed more than €1.4 billion in extra funding this year.This included nearly €600 million for spe(...)

In a confidential report to the Department of Health on services that needed to be developed, the HSE said there was no system to support the co-ordination of information which the health service was receiving on the quality of patient care. Photograph: Bloomberg

The HSE told the Government last September that it was not able to analyse information it was receiving on the quality of services so as to highlight (...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: said the executive “accepts” and was committed to implementing all eight recommendations made in a highly critical Hiqa report.  Photograph: David Sleator.

The Health Service Executive has said it is satisfied that current maternity services at Portlaoise hospital are “very safe”. HSE director gene(...)

Speaking at the opening of the conference of the health and welfare division of the Impact trade union in Ennis,  chairman Tony Martin said  public servants had delivered and responded to the demands placed upon services by a growing population

Health services staff will not entertain any further alterations to their terms and conditions of employment as part of forthcoming talks with the Gov(...)