Surgeries performed on the wrong patient or  body part  were among the serious events reported in Irish hospitals over a one-and-a-half year period. File photograph: Stockvisual/Getty

Surgeries performed on the wrong patient, wrong body part or cases where the wrong surgical procedure was carried out on a patient were all s(...)

The latest monthly performance report for September, published by the HSE on Thursday, shows that 2,244 patients were waiting longer than 18 months for inpatient and day procedures, while 5,442 were waiting more than 15 months. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Hospitals were fined €1.7 million by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in September for failing to meet strict targets on cutting waiting time(...)

The HSE deducted money from payments to GPs after investigating 121 complaints about charging for phlebotomy services in the past three years.

More than €8,000 has been refunded to medical-card patients after the Health Service Executive (HSE) ruled its GPs were wrongly charging them for bloo(...)

The River Lee in Cork city. File  photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Businesses across Cork have lodged legal proceedings against the ESB over €90 million in flood damage suffered back in 2009 ahead of the expiry this T(...)

Doctors’ organisations argue the payments do not take into account practice expenses and overheads and therefore do not represent income for individual GPs.  Photograph: PA

The State’s 100 top-earning GP practices and co-operatives shared gross payments of almost €50 million from the HSE during 2014, according to the late(...)

There will be broad welcome for a package of patient safety initiatives announced by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar yesterday. Although some of the (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: Argued that a patient-safety body within the HSE would never win public acceptance. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The creation of a new patient advocacy service to provide advice and support to users of the health service is to be announced by Minister for Heal(...)


Labour Court misapplied fixed-term employment legislation Board of Management of St Joseph’s School for Deaf Boys v Grehan [2015]IEHC 605 (High Court,(...)

A candlelight vigil in Galway marking the anniversary of Savita Halappanavar’s death. File  photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The solicitor for Praveen Halappanavar, widower of Savita Halappanavar, has said he expects an application to be made within the next week to 10 days (...)

The HSE has taken steps to address the shortage of chemotherapy drugs. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A shortage of chemotherapy drugs, which has delayed treatment for hundreds of cancer patients, has forced the Health Service Executive to make conting(...)