‘The latest data shows a decrease in the number of nursing homes operating in Ireland, from 447 in 2010 to 437 in 2014. Despite this there has been a 9 per cent increase in private and voluntary nursing home bed numbers – 20,590 to 22,342.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Today marks the beginning of Nursing Homes Week 2015, a campaign by Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) featuring countrywide events and activities celebratin(...)

Some 338 patients were on trolleys or in extra ward beds in emergency departments waiting for admission to hospital on Monday, according to  the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Hospital waiting lists have risen again to record levels, according to the latest monthly figures. Almost 415,000 people were waiting for outpatient a(...)

Fianna Fáil’s health policy will call for a €450 million increase in the health budget. Above is the party’s health spokesman Billy Kelleher. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil’s health policy will call for a €450 million increase in the health Budget. The party will launch its proposals today (Tue) including the (...)

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher said Minister for Health Leo Varadkar was prioritising his personal PR strategy by pushing out target times for waiting lists and presenting it as a breakthrough.

The Irish Medical Organisation and Fianna Fáil have described as shocking figures that show more than 400,000 people are on outpatient waiting lists.F(...)

Almost 39 per cent of the total number of patients on the lists at 41 hospitals (25,098) have been waiting for more than six months for treatment, and nearly 12 per cent (7,559) have been waiting for more than 12 months. Photograph: Thinkstock

The number of people waiting for inpatient and day-case treatment in hospitals across the country surged by 32 per cent to almost 65,000 in the year t(...)

Waiting lists in the State’s public hospitals are continuing to rise with the numbers waiting for an out-patient appointment now close to 400,000, fig(...)

 A patient on a trolly in a corridor in the A&E Accident and Emergency Department of St. James’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Another key health-policy objective of the Government effectively crumbled on Tuesday with the revelation that more than 600 people were on trolley(...)

Beacon Hospital  non-executive chairman Colm Doherty. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Beacon Hospital, the private hospital owned by entrepreneur Denis O’Brien, has appointed a new board led by non-executive chairman Colm Doherty, t(...)

Are we becoming a nation of hypochondriacs, getting overly paranoid about our health, or just taking better care of ourselves? Five new draft health t(...)

Over 22,000 people call private and voluntary nursing homes ‘home’. Photograph: Getty Images

Some years back, Ireland had a boom in births. Part of the response and planning for that, while not always perfect, was to provide for new sch(...)