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(...)

Dr Peter Van Geene. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A ruling on the Medical Council inquiry into consultant gynaecologist Peter van Geene is not expected until the end of this month after the inquiry w(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has stoutly defended his record, saying  that a wide range of measures have been put in place by the HSE to improve performance. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times.

An additional €18 million is to be spent on providing more hospital beds over the winter and ease pressure on the health service, Minister for Health (...)