Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with  Minister of State Kathleen Lynch and  secretary general of the Department of Health Tim Breslin  during the press conference  yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is resisting calls for a reduction in the €2.50 per item prescription charge in next month’s budget.The St Vincent de(...)

 The health service has  2,669 whole-time equivalent employees above the employment target.  Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The HSE has said it would have to shed about 700 staff per month between now and the end of the year to meet new employment targets set down by the Go(...)

Savita Halappanavar: more staff training in detection of sepsis since her death

Only one of the State’s 39 hospitals ranked “excellent” for its implementation of recommendations made on foot of the death of Savita Halappanavar, a(...)

Cavan General Hospital, where Dr Salah Abdel-Aziz Ahmed is a consultant obstetrician. Photograph: Colm Connaughton.

A doctor at the centre of an investigation into the death of a baby boy following birth at Cavan General Hospital in November 2012 has been “completel(...)

An 83-year old woman who had sought an early hearing of her action against the HSE over a symphysiotomy procedure carried out on her more than fifty y(...)

The site of the proposed National Children’s Hospital, at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. The brief is to create a “world-standard” children’s hospital similar in scale and quality to similar facilities in Australia and New Zealand. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

One of the architectural firms chosen to design the new national children’s hospital at St James’s was involved in designing an earlier version of th(...)

Declan and Helena O’Shea with twins Theon and Asha at home in Kilmihil, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Declan O’Shea was on holiday in Portugal in 2011 when he fell off a third-floor balcony while sleepwalking. He ended up in a coma for two weeks. When (...)

First-trimester screening  involves a scan and a blood test to identify a pregnant woman’s risk of foetal anomaly.Photograph: Tek Image/Science Photo Library

An increasing number of pregnant women who receive a diagnosis of a fatal foetal anomaly are travelling for abortion, a leading expert on foetal medi(...)

Part of an FOI response from the Department of Public Expenditure concerning details of 2014 Budget discussions. The Information Commissioner said secrecy prevails in some areas of the public sector.

The Information Commissioner has criticised “bastions of secrecy” within parts of the public sector who continue to refuse access to information which(...)

Dr Declan Keane described giving birth in Ireland as an “over-hospitalised process”, saying deliveries should be left to midwives, with doctors only intervening in an emergency. Photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire.

Caesarean rates in Ireland are “far too high,” one of the country’s foremost obstetricians has said.Dr Declan Keane, a former master of the National M(...)