Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said the EU directive is not a “panacea” and that patients will have to pay upfront, and find someone abroad to accept their doctor’s referral. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The HSE is to allocate €1 million this year to pay for treatment carried out abroad under new EU rules. Under the cross-border healthcare directive, (...)

Parents can register their children for the Under-6s Free GP Care from Monday, June 15th onwards. File photograph: Getty Images

Some 60 per cent of doctors have signed up to the scheme for free GP care for under-6s, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said. Parents can regist(...)

Maternity hospitals dealt with a total of 67 “extreme” incidents last year which led to permanent incapacity or death, according to figures released by the State Claims Agency

Maternity hospitals dealt with a total of 67 “extreme” incidents last year which led to permanent incapacity or death, according to figures released b(...)

A young Irish woman  who has spent 19 months in a specialist adolescent facility in England has appealed to be permitted return to the State, in line with a High Court order made March last. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A young Irish woman with a history of self-harm and who has spent 19 months in a specialist adolescent facility in England has appealed to be permitt(...)

The privacy and dignity of residents is being compromised by the HSE failing to comply with the HIQA standards in long-term residential facilities it (...)

Co Clare woman’s ordeal at University Hospital Limerick follow’s a similar case at Tallaght hospital. File photograph: Frank Miller

A 101-year old woman has had to endure a 25-hour wait on a trolley at the emergency department of University Hospital Limerick (UHL), in the second s(...)

The HSE was given seven years after the introduction of Hiqa regulations to bring units up to compliance. That deadline expires this year. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

It has been known for some time that significant State investment would be required if the country’s 119 public residential care facilities were to ac(...)

 Gerard Finn, who died from Alzheimer’s disease after spending many years in a nursing home, with his daughters Sharon and Lourda, who is holding her son Fionn, in October 2006. Photograph copied by Liam Burke/Press 22.

‘It’s easier to dope up a patient like he doesn’t exist’ Something was happening to Lourda Finn’s father. A few months after being admitted into a nu(...)

 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(...)