HSE chief Tony O Brien: Took the decision on foot of “specific allegations” received concerning the broader group which operates the publicly-funded St Vincent’s and St Michael’s hospitals in Dublin and the associated St Vincent’s Private Hospital. Photograph: The Irish Times

The HSE is to commission external forensic auditors to review financial arrangements within the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group. It said its director g(...)

 Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health:  The board wrote  to him saying  until it had evidence of ‘real and constructive engagement’ on matters of concern, ‘we believe we must pause our engagement with the project’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The planned €150 million development of a new national maternity hospital on the campus of St Vincent’s hospital in Dublin has been put on hold. The r(...)

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(...)

Prof Robert Harrison, who resigned as chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians after ‘The Irish Times’ published details of correspondence to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Institute of Obstetricians has withdrawn a controversial letter questioning the appointment of two women who lost babies at Portlaoise hospital to(...)

Tiny patients have particular needs, and that is why some investigator-led clinical studies in Ireland are looking to develop better ways to cater for them, including how best to prevent infections being introduced from the equipment itself.  Photograph: Thinkstock

There are few sights as heartrending as that of a newborn baby surrounded by equipment in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). These tiny patients h(...)

Ciara and Arthur (left), and  Aisling and Aoibheann. Photograph: Eoghan Garvey

The five babies were all born within a fortnight of each other, and celebrated their first birthdays in March. Their mothers are celebrating the fact (...)

Maria O’Connor of Survivors of Symphysiotomy and ICCL director Mark Kelly  speaking to media outside the High Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

A High Court judge has rejected a claim by a 74-year old woman that an unjustified symphysiotomy was performed on her 12 days before the birth of her (...)

Unlawfully obtained material is to be disclosed in family law action. H vs H (2015) IEHC 58 (High Court, Abbott J, January 23rd, 2015) The High Court,(...)

The Rotunda Hospital. Photograph: David Sleator

Officials in Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s department are working on proposals that could see the historic Rotunda Hospital move to a new locatio(...)

St James’s Hospital made  an application to the Department of Health in May 2014 that  chief executive Brian Fitzgerald be allowed to  retain a €30,000 allowance for lecturing on top of his salary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Department of Health has rejected a bid by St James’s Hospital to allow its chief executive to retain a €30,000 allowance for lecturing on top of(...)