HSE director general Tony O’Brien: appointed a three-person investigation team comprising experts from the UK to examine management and clinical failures at Portlaoise hospital. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Patient dissatisfaction with the health service has soared, with almost 20,000 complaints made about the Health Service Executive or voluntary hospita(...)

Maternity hospitals dealt with a total of 67 “extreme” incidents last year which led to permanent incapacity or death, according to figures released by the State Claims Agency

Maternity hospitals dealt with a total of 67 “extreme” incidents last year which led to permanent incapacity or death, according to figures released b(...)

Through her mother Ruth Kiernan, of Cillcarbin, Duleek, Co Meath, Ava  sued the HSE for negligence.

A girl who suffered brain damage due to water on the brain has secured an interim payment of €2.4 million under a settlement of her High Court action.(...)

Crimes are sometimes committed by  people out on bail for other offences. Photograph:  Patrick Browne

A recent judgment of the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns in Lorcan Roche Kelly v the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána, the Mi(...)

The HSE failed to take decisive action on defining the role of the hospital and to resource it sufficiently. For example, up to last July, the 24/7 emergency department had an emergency medicine consultant on site for only six hours, four days a week. Photograph: Getty Images

An independent patient safety service should be established within a year, according to the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) report on (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said the overspending could have significant implications on the funding that could be secured for next year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The HSE’s financial deficit for the year more than doubled in February to some €56 million, official figures to be published this week are expected to(...)

Matthew McGrath with his parents, Cathy and Alan and sister, Nicola, after the announcement of the settlement of their High Court action. Photograph: Courts Collins

Medical negligence cases tend to set two types of record: for the sum of money awarded and for the time it takes to settle.The case of 12-year-old Mat(...)

Hiqa stands its ground

There has been too much official ducking and diving because of a highly critical report by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) concern(...)

Significant concerns over the quality and safety of maternity services at Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise existed as far back as 2007 but were not acted upon, according to the draft report from the State’s health watchdog. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Significant concerns over the quality and safety of maternity services at Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise existed as far back as 2007 but were(...)

Tony O Brien, director general of the  HSE, said he didn’t dispute the serious problems at the hospital. Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The HSE appealed to the Department of Health to “urgently intervene” earlier in the bitter row with health watchdog Hiqa over its investigation into (...)