The Irish Hospital Consultants Association has criticized draft plans to tackle overcrowding, saying “targets for the delivery of acute care should be based on medical need and not budget limits”.

Hospital consultants and emergency doctors have expressed frustration at the continuing trolley crisis as the number of patients awaiting admission re(...)

“If you have an overcrowded emergency department, your chances of dying increase and that is a proven fact,” said Dr Fergal Hickey, an emergency medicine consultant.

Somewhere between 300 and 350 people will die between now and this time next year due to overcrowding in our emergency departments, an emergency medic(...)

Some 35 per cent of injuries recorded related to other people being on the trampoline at the same time. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The number of trampoline injuries has reduced in recent years as the novelty of the device has waned, according to accident and emergency staff. Con(...)

The Mater Hospital Dublin where the National Isolation Unit is located. Photograph: Frank Miller

A test of the National Isolation Unit’s ability to cope with a case of Ebola will be carried out at the Mater hospital in Dublin on Wednesday. (...)

Emergency department doctors have expressed concern over the Government’s preparedness for any Ebola cases given the chronic overcrowding in many Irish hospitals. Photograph: Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

Emergency department doctors have expressed concern over the Government’s preparedness for any Ebola cases given the chronic overcrowding in many hosp(...)

 Junior doctors on picket duty outside St Vincents Hospital in Dublin this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The Irish Medical Organisation has said it had received an invitation to attend talks at the Labour Relations Commission on the doctor’s strike tomorr(...)

More than 3,000 non-consultant hospital doctors are expected to take part in the action, described yesterday by the IMO as a “dramatic escalation” of its long-running dispute over the issue of “dangerously long” working hours.

The Irish Medical Organisation has warned of further hospital strikes to follow today’s industrial action unless the HSE engages seriously on the issu(...)

The way 999 calls are responded to depends on the state of the patient. Clinical status 1 (Echo) calls involve life-threatening emergencies such as heart attacks or respiratory issues, while clinical status 1 (Delta) calls involve other life-threatening emergencies. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It is every parent’s nightmare: your child has just had a serious accident and yet when you dial 999 you are told no ambulance is available or that on(...)