Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said he disagreed with the original plan for the group to be part of the HSE structure. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

  The Department of Health last year halted preparations for the establishment of a new patient safety/advocacy body – one of the key reco(...)

Minister for Health  James Reilly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has agreed in principle to the introduction of universal health insurance by 2019 on condition(...)

Head of the HSE Tony O’Brien said the way it was established a decade ago was “like a high speed car crash”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The head of the Health Service Executive has said the way it was established a decade ago was “like a high speed car crash”. Tony O’Brien, in a(...)

Minister for health James Reilly speaking at a press conference about the deaths of babies in Portlaoise Hospital,  at Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Health James Reilly became emotional in the Dáil as he replied to a topical issue debate about the deaths of four babies at Portlaoise Ge(...)

That the Health Service Executive (HSE) had, on a number of occasions, to postpone the submission of its service plan for 2014 is the most obvious sig(...)

Those requiring surgical operations and other procedures face some additional waiting due to the plan’s confirmation of a 3 per cent reduction in elective hospital activity for 2014.

Finally, the HSE service plan for 2014 has been published. What does the detail in the much delayed document predict for those who will be using our p(...)