The present measures might not have been needed if Government had not cut the budget for Fair Deal by €30 million last year

The latest initiative by Ministers Leo Varadkar and Kathleen Lynch to tackle hospital overcrowding is the fourth high-level attempt in a decade to sol(...)

The HSE women’s health project, which offers general health services as well as screenings for sexually transmitted infections, a needle exchange programme and free condoms, saw 268 women last year of whom 240 were non-nationals. The largest proportion came from Brazil, followed by Romania. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A Health Service Executive (HSE) health service for women engaged in prostitution refers “about 10 women a year” to the Irish Family Planning Associat(...)

Micheál Martin: “In some hospitals the situation is truly chaotic and it is extremely stressful for many patients throughout the country.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There were 530 patients on trolleys in emergency departments, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin told the Dáil on Tuesday. “In some hospitals the situ(...)

Nurses on a picket line at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin  earlier this month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Nurses in University Hospital Limerick and other Midwest region hospitals have voted in favour of industrial action in response to the issue of severe(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar warned of a possible upsurge in flu cases. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Overcrowding in hospital emergency departments has eased further, with 364 people on trolleys today, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organi(...)

Nurses  protest at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin last week over overcrowding in the emergency department. Union members in Galway have now voted in favour of industrial action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Nurses at Galway University Hospital have voted in favour of industrial action in response to overcrowding at the facility. The Irish Nurses and Midwi(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: if influenza hits “we’ll be in great difficulty”. Photograph: Alan Betson

A possible surge in flu cases and the impending changeover of junior hospital posts may put further pressure on already overcrowded hospital emergen(...)

General secretary of the INMO Liam Doran and organisation president Claire Mahon said they had a mandate from members to withdraw labour. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Union leaders have threatened an escalation in industrial action over the coming days and weeks if overcrowding in hospital emergency departments is n(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has ruled out emergency funding for the Department of Health to combat hospital overcrowding. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has ruled out emergency funding for the Department of Health to combat hospital overcrowding. The numbe(...)

The number of patients on trolleys has dropped sharply this morning after hitting record levels over the previous two days. Getty Images.

The number of patients on trolleys has dropped sharply this morning after hitting record levels over the previous two days.There are 371 patients wait(...)