Portlaoise hospital. The families of babies who died at Portlaoise hospital may never find out if those responsible for the care of their children were disciplined by the health service, the head of the Health Service Executive has warned. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The families of babies who died at Portlaoise hospital may never find out if those responsible for the care of their children were disciplined by the (...)

Woman getting an ultrasound scan

Patients with urgent referrals for suspected cancer are seen within days in most parts of the State, according to the National Cancer Control Program(...)

Public patients wait an average of 119-125 days for an MRI of the spine, musculoskeletal system or brain, while private patients are tested in under six days, the report shows. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Waiting times for potentially lifesaving tests for cancer are up to 25 times longer for public patients than for those paying privately, a new report (...)

Ireland’s health service got proportionately more than the NHS in Britain and about four times the share enjoyed by the health systems of Greece and Slovakia

Ireland spends the largest share of government expenditure on health of any country in the EU, according to new figures. Government expenditure on un(...)

In the words of Oscar Wilde, a cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Based on what we have learned about mental h(...)

The HSE has shelved plans to relocate a service for disabled children in the Connemara Gaeltacht due to language issues. Photograph:   Brenda Fitzsimons

The Health Service Executive has postponed plans to relocate a service for children with complex disabilities in the Connemara Gaeltacht due to diffi(...)

Prof Alf Nicholson and Gráinne O’Malley at Temple Street hospital: they have produced an updated  edition of their book ‘When your Child is Sick’  to help parents deal with childhood illness. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Children in Ireland today are one of the healthiest generations ever, yet large numbers of them are being brought to a GP or hospital more frequently (...)

Andrew Lydon  with his wife Sally and chilren Molly  and Seosamh: The HSE has agreed to keep in him in hospital for three more weeks until supports are in place.

The Health Service Executive has reversed a decision that could have resulted in a man with motor neurone disease being forced to leave hospital just(...)

The chief executive of the Child and Family Agency, Tusla, has criticised the media’s expectations  of  child protection workers. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Media expectations of what child protection workers could or should achieve were “utterly absurd”, the chief executive of the Child and Family Agency (...)

Not for the first time, horrific details of a particular case point to failures within our child protection system. It has emerged that the children o(...)