A disciplinary inquiry into a Galway fertility doctor who clipped both of a woman’s fallopian tubes when he had consent to clip one has re-opened before the fitness to practise committee of the Medical Council.

The rules governing informed consent given by patients need to be clarified to provide more guidance for doctors, a Medical Council disciplinary heari(...)

Dr  Mohammad Ilyas Khan leaves the Fitness to Practice inquiry at The Medical Council, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A paediatrician accused of allegations of poor professional performance has defended his treatment of a baby born following an emergency caesarean sec(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with Frank Dolphin,  chairman of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group,  during a visit to the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.  Mr Varadkar said that four medical staff from the hospital have been referred for possible disciplinary action arising from the deaths of a number of babies in recent years. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Four medical personnel from Portlaoise hospital have been referred for possible disciplinary action arising from the deaths of a number of babies in r(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: said further reviews would be necessary in a number of other hospitals where the locums worked. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The locum radiologist at the centre of a major recall of patients at Cavan Monaghan Hospital was not on the specialist register of the Medical Counci(...)

At Wexford General Hospital a review of colonoscopies carried out in the hospital, announced in February as part of the BowelScreen programme, has been doubled. Photograph: Joe St Leger

Hundreds of additional patients who had colonoscopies are being recalled as the controversy over the misreading of patients’ scans and tests in hospit(...)

Shoddy and careless medical practice can cost lives. In the case of the seven Irish hospitals, where it seems hundreds of X-rays were misread, that fa(...)

Trainees who reported working longer hours and bullying were more likely to have poorer health and wellbeing

Twenty per cent of doctors training for senior posts may be in need of support for mental health issues, a survey by the Medical Council has found. Tr(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘There are clearly changes that are needed in the structures of the way things have been done.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says it is a “real tragedy” that a wrong reading of an X-ray has lead to a delayed cancer diagnosis. The Minis(...)

What galls colleagues who worked with some of the locums is that they are costing far more than a directly employed staff member would. Photograph: Thinkstock

Thousands of scans, hundreds of recalled patients, seven hospitals and three locum radiologists whose work is under review: the scale of this latest h(...)

Dr Gerard Crotty: ‘Patients are not getting the quality and timeliness of care they require, especially when waiting on trolleys or for appointments.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Trust – between doctors and their patients, and between doctors and the HSE – is a word frequently used by Dr Gerard Crotty, the president of the I(...)