Public patients wait an average of 119-125 days for an MRI of the spine, musculoskeletal system or brain, while private patients are tested in under six days, the report shows. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Waiting times for potentially lifesaving tests for cancer are up to 25 times longer for public patients than for those paying privately, a new report (...)

Fine Gael’s Frances Fitzgerald and Michael Noonan on their way into talks with Fianna Fáil on forming the next government, at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Potential future reductions in the Universal Social Charge will focus on low- and middle-income earners, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have agreed in thei(...)

 Minister For Health Leo Varadkar had pledged to eliminate waits of more than 15 months for outpatient appointments by the end of last year. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The number of outpatients enduring long waits for appointments increased by almost 40 per cent last month, despite a promise by Minister for Health Le(...)

Some 54 patients were on trolleys or in wards at Beaumont yesterday as the surge in post-Christmas attendances continued. Photograph: PA

Overcrowding in the emergency department of Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital has hit record levels, while a short distance away 82 nursing home beds lie idl(...)

University Hospital Galway University Hospital Galway has the greatest number of outpatients waiting for more than 18 months, at 1,325. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Hospital waiting lists across all categories of treatment and for all lengths of wait fell last month for the first time this year, according to the l(...)

A shortage of nursing home places, particularly in Dublin, is a major factor causing hospital overcrowding.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A severe shortage of nursing home places in the Dublin area is set to ease with the creation of 1,500 privately run beds over the next five years. Mo(...)

“Using the private sector to make up for the absence of beds in the public system is a backward step,” said the chair of the Irish Medical Organisation’s GP committee Dr Ray Walley. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Mater hospital in Dublin plans to reduce overcrowding in its emergency department this winter by diverting excess patients to private hospitals.(...)

Helen Cruise leaving the fitness-to-practise hearing at the Medical Council with members of her family. Photograph: Alan Betson

Maybe there isn’t a better way of processing complaints against doctors than fitness-to-practise hearings at the Medical Council, but for the sake of (...)

Hospitals that failed to meet targets set by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to reduce waiting lists face fines totalling €5.8 million. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Fines totalling €5.8 million have been levied on hospitals that failed to meet targets set by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar for reducing waiting l(...)

Hospital waiting lists continued to rise in September. Photograph: Getty Images

Hospital waiting lists continued to rise in September despite tens of millions of euro pumped into the health system by Minister for Health Leo Varadk(...)