Master of the Rotunda Hospital Sam Coulter-Smith: said issues around abortion legislation were complex but the legislation ‘doesn’t help the situation’. Photograph: Eric Luke

The absence of a gestational age limit in the State’s current abortion legislation creates a challenge for doctors, the master of the Rotunda Hospita(...)

Sam Coulter Smith, master of the Rotunda. “We are still seeing good quality people but they are not coming back in the same numbers. There isn’t the same level of competition for jobs as there might have been in years gone by.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The medical brain drain is leading to a “dumbing-down” in the quality of doctors in Ireland, the master of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin has warne(...)

Michelle Corrigan, at home in Swords, Co Dublin, with her three-year-old twins, Eric and Sean, whose lives were saved by the use of ground- breaking surgery at the Rotunda hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien 4:17

Imagine an aeroplane full of small children that’s careening out of control. The airline – let’s call it HSEAir – doesn’t have a brilliant reputati(...)

Before the new technique was pioneered in Ireland the mortality rate was 90%. Photograph: Getty Images 4:17

More than 100 children’s lives have been saved while still in the womb through the use of groundbreaking surgery since 2006 at the Rotunda Hospital, n(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and Minister of State for Primary Care and Social Care Kathleen Lynch  at a briefing  on health projects in the capital plan at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Government is to spend more than €3 billion over the next six years on building new hospitals, developing community nursing units for older peo(...)

McHugh acquisitions: 42 and 43 Harrington Street

Killart, a development company in which Karl McHugh, a son of the late Kevin McHugh of ‘Atlantic Dawn’ fame, has a 25 per cent shareholding, was grant(...)

The study, published in the Irish Medical Journal, show one in eight 40-42-year-olds succeeded in becoming pregnant with IVF or similar treatment, compared with just one in 20 in the 43-45 year age group. Photograph: Purestock/Getty Images

The proportion of women in their forties attending the State’s oldest fertility treatment centre has more than doubled in less than 20 years, accordi(...)

A woman increases her chances of pregnancy by being a normal weight. Photograph: Thinkstock

Achieving a healthy weight is the most effective intervention any overweight or obese woman can make to help her to become pregnant. It also increases(...)

Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Peter Van Geene during the Medical Council fitness-to-practise inquiry at Kingram House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

An obstetrician accused of poor professional performance should have stopped carrying out hysterectomies if there were repeated complications, a Medic(...)

Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Peter Van Geene outside of a fitness to practice inquiry. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Two women had their wombs needlessly removed, an expert witness has told a medical council fitness to practice inquiry. Yesterday was the fifth day o(...)