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 furth(...)

Fianna Fáil’s health policy will call for a €450 million increase in the health budget. Above is the party’s health spokesman Billy Kelleher. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil’s health policy will call for a €450 million increase in the health Budget. The party will launch its proposals today (Tue) including the (...)

Fianna Fáil will phase out alcohol sponsorship of sports games over five years and abolish plans to introduce Universal Health Insurance if it gets in(...)

 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(...)

In an email to a regional HSE official, local TD Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan  describes every department in the hospital as “in crisis”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Health Service Executive has funded counselling for up to 18 women who lost babies after delivering at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaois(...)

The Coombe maternity hospital overspent by €1.1million in January. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Health Service Executive ran almost €25 million over budget in the first month of this year – despite a plan to reduce costs.It has blamed the ov(...)

Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said the Government had decided to maintain the level of services provided at Portlaoise but failed to ensure that the HSE had adequate funding to provide these services. Photograph: Frank Miller

Revelations about patient safety at Portlaoise hospital have raised serious questions for the Government that should be answered as a matter of urgen(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien contends the draft report is unfair, lacks specific details, is inaccurate in some respects and fails to give reasons for its findings. Photograph: The Irish Times

It is clear now from the trenchant criticisms levelled at the Health Service Executive, as revealed in The Irish Times on Tuesday, why that organisati(...)

A welcome initiative

The announcement by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar of additional funding to implement the hospital emergency department (ED) task force’s action pla(...)