The decision  represents a huge victory for ‘people power’, expressed in demonstrations like that (above) at  the Department of Health last month. Photograph: Alan Betson

Other church institutions likely to follow example of Sisters of Charity

Sisters of Charity say they will have “no involvement in this new company”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sisters of Charity say they will end involvement in new hospital on St Vincent’s campus

An electron micrograph of a cervical cancer cell. About  90 women die from the disease in Ireland annually.

Move to primary HPV testing would reduce number of screenings needed, says Cancer Society

After: Tony O Brien, head of the HSE, at their headquarters in Dublin. .Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The HSE director took action after a press photograph showed him he was obese

Tallaght hospital: Some 2,000 people have come into contact with the CPE superbug there. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Recent outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant CPE have been associated with “a number of deaths”

Tallaght Hospital: an average of two or three testing positive per week. Photograph: David Sleator

700 people infected with CPE in Ireland and ‘there may be another 700 out there’

“CPE outbreak control measures are extremely laborious, time-consuming and expensive, and may not be successful ultimately.” Photograph: Getty Images

Hospital outbreak of superbug partially caused by cuts to cleaning budget

Study involved almost 9,000 Irish children. Photograph: iStock

Irish study also finds correlation between Caesarean births and increased obesity risk

Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation  say they are deeply concerned at plans to accommodate up to 24 patients on trolleys and chairs in the new facility.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Nurses criticise use of trolleys and staffing mix in new €18m hospital department

Concerns have been raised regarding finances in the Glen charity, which was involved in the marriage equality referendum campaign. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Statutory inquiry follows controversy over allegations of financial mismanagement

Irish dancing is being used as part of one Italian doctor’s Parkinson’s rehabilitation exercises. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Italian doctor uses Irish dancing for rehabilitation of patients with Parkinson’s

After initial reluctance within the HSE, over 200 complaints were referred to a review team chaired by Dr Peter Boylan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Analysis: Despite apologies for failings, the health executive has yet to take action

‘I left the surgery in a state of shock and vowed never to set foot in Portlaoise again.’

I was discharged with a prescription for penicillin, even though I said I was allergic

Patient Focus has been dealing with the families of babies who died at Portlaoise hospital since 2012

Patient Focus critical of HSE’s handling of complaints following Portlaoise deaths

‘The incidents found during the review were previously unknown and unreported, and came to light “accidentally”, according to Patient Focus, which participated in the review.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Review follows Portlaoise hospital baby deaths investigation

“All patients will be treated on the same, public basis in public hospitals . . . based on need rather than ability to pay,” according to the report summary. Photograph: Getty Images

Period of six years to disentangle public and private healthcare, says Oireachtas group

Baxter Healthcare, the only supplier of compounded chemotherapy product for cancer patients in Ireland, is resuming deliveries following resolution of production difficulties, according to the HSE. File photograph: Getty Images

Break in supply from monopoly-holder Baxter Healthcare affects 65 cancer patients

The National Association of General Practitioners says general practice is in crisis and needs to be rescued urgently for the sake of the profession and in the best interests of patients. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Group ready for ‘confrontation’ as it seeks remedy to ‘miscalculation’ of cuts

 Kieran Rose, founder and former chairman of Glen: Admitted his decision to use the charity’s resources and facilities during an unsuccessful Seanad election campaign last year was a mistake. Photograph: Eric Luke

Gay rights charity to be wound down after controversy over financial management

NAGP says Government cuts are main reason driving high doctors emigration

The percentage of teenage girls receiving the HPV vaccine in Cork and Kerry this year has risen to 50 per cent. Photograph: Getty Images

HSE ‘encouraged’ by new figures but remain concerned at the current rates

Chemotherapy-drug shortage: some oncologists have had to switch patients from intravenous to oral therapy. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Treatment rescheduled after production problems at Irish hospitals’ sole supplier

The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network’s board has been caught in “a perfect storm”  with diminishing public trust, minimal financial reserves, no chief executive and reduced staffing.

Glen charity to wind down over corporate governance issues and erosion of public trust

Kieran Rose, cofounder  of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network: while he paid for all outlay involved, he  used Glen facilities and resources for a Seanad election campaign. Photograph: Frank Miller

Gay and Lesbian Equality Network failed in terms of 21st-century corporate governance

Tackling obesity: the Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism has called for a co-ordinated programme providing diet and exercise, weight loss medicine, cognitive behavioural therapy and surgery to deal with  the condition. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Experts call for national plan and recognition of condition as disease of the brain

The trial ‘comfort pack’ sees eye masks, ear plugs, a toothbrush and paste, water wipes and socks being given to patients waiting in the emergency department of St Vincent’s hospital

St Vincent’s hospital accused of ‘pimping up’ trolleys by giving eye masks and ear plugs

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation called on HSE assistant national director for public health Dr Kevin Kelleher to respect nurses’ decisions not to avail of vaccines.

Tony O’Brien defends official who highlighted nurses’ low uptake of vaccinations

Survey finds more concern with economy than hard Border

The Nest crèche, beside the Skylon Hotel in Drumcondra, Dublin.

Date of move, which will impact 20 staff and over 100 children, put back by two months

Since the prescription levy was increased to €2.50 in 2013, the number of long-term illness claimants has jumped from 72,000 in 2013 to 138,000 in 2015.   Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

More patients are switching to Long-Term Illness scheme to avoid paying charge

The code of practice says locations used by children, such as schools, creches and playgrounds, shall be free from all forms of marketing for unhealthy foods.

Analysis: Voluntary code of practice aims to reduce exposure to marketing of high-fat foods

The anti-obesity code says in-store communications will have to actively promote the consumption of five to seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day to customers. Photograph: Eric Luke

New rules to put limits on advertising and oblige retailers to promote a ‘healthy diet’

Minister for Health Simon Harris said that, ultimately, the final decision about donation will remain with the family of a deceased person. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Proposals for Human Tissue Bill due before Cabinet in coming weeks, says Minister

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn said it was “unfortunately” still too common for the public to witness the poor provision of health and social care services. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Hiqa says 63 per cent have witnessed poor provision of service in public health system

It is alleged the care provided by the surgeon to a number of surgical patients resulted in complications and/or poor outcomes. Photograph: Getty Images

One of main Dublin hospitals noticed high level of complications in consultant’s cases

Inefficient procedures leave the doctors involved effectively in limbo for years. Photograph: Thinkstock

Body’s modus operandi raises questions about patient safety and the rights of staff

Diabetes Smart is a 55-minute series of online videos, quizzes and visual tools that people can access from home

Diabetes Smart allows people to check their risk level, and how to live with the condition

Patricia Daly and Domini Kemp

Cook accuses ASAI of ‘silencing emerging science’ on links between diet and cancer

“The chaos has far-reaching consequences. Patients are getting sicker, and some are dying, because they can’t get the treatment they need, when they need it.”

Analysis: Overcrowding and waiting lists are difficult to fix, but best practice can help

Nutritional therapist Patricia Daly has been told by an advertising watchdog not to refer to the efficacy of the ketogenic diet in relation to cancer treatment without supporting evidence. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

ASAI upholds complaint against nutritional therapist over claims for ketogenic diet

The continuing increase in the size of public lists is in part due to the knock-on effects of the post-Christmas trolley crisis that forced the cancellation of thousands of scheduled appointments. Photograph: Frank Miller

Over 58,000 more outpatients waiting for appointment since Simon Harris appointed

Women with medical cards need a prescription to get the morning after pill, which is most effective when taken within 24 hours of sex, free of charge.

Pharmacists say restricted availability of emergency contraception discriminatory

Orkambi graffiti in Dublin. The Government’s decision to provide new drugs for over 900 cystic fibrosis patients is likely to cost more than €650m over the next decade.File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

State to spend €400m on Orkambi under deal agreed with pharmaceutical firm

Up to 100 cancer deaths each year are caused by infections covered by the HPV vaccine, according to a new report. File photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

New study claims human papillomavirus causes over 400 cancer cases annually

The investigation report into Malak Thawley’s death says the treating consultant requested ice to cool her head at 7.17pm on May 8th, 2016, and this was “sourced from [an] external location”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Malak Thawley died during emergency operation when blood vessel was damaged

Dr Chris Fitzpatrick resigned from the board overseeing the relocation of the hospital to a religious-owned site. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

Chris Fitzpatrick ‘not confident’ changes expected in obstetric practices would happen

Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the National Maternity Hospital,  says  there is an urgency to the delivery of a co-located hospital. Photograph: Eric Luke

St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, owned by order, ‘unreservedly’ supports development

Dr Fitzpatrick has resigned from the board overseeing the relocation of the hospital to a religious-owned site at St Vincent’s. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dr Chris Fitzpatrick has ‘no confidence’ future obstetric changes would be provided

AIMS Ireland has said the planned relocation of the National Maternity Hospital to St Vincent’s hospital should not go ahead unless ownership issues cannot be sorted out. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

AIMS Ireland says it has been ‘inundated’ with calls from women using maternity services

Dr Chris Fitzpatrick has stepped down from the  board planning the relocation of the National Maternity Hospital.  File photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Dr Chris Fitzpatrick compares recent controversy to Mother and Child Scheme row

Peter Boylan: “It was untenable for me to remain on the board, when it is blind to the consequences of transferring 100 per cent ownership of the hospital to the Sisters of Charity, and deaf to the voices of the people.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Interview: Ex-master of Holles St says had obligation to speak out on transfer of NMH

A deal with the Sisters of Charity proposes the new 300 million euro facility will be built on the St Vincent’s Hospital campus in south Dublin, which the religious order owns. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

St Vincent’s Healthcare Group says the next phase of the project can now begin following the support of the maternity hospital and(...)

Dr Peter Boylan: concerns have been raised about the composition of the board of the new maternity hospital, which Dr Boylan has described as “a recipe for conflict”.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Will best practice be possible given the Catholic ethos in force in the hospital?

 Minister for Health Simon Harris    briefed his Government colleagues on Wednesday on  row over  new maternity hospital. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Harris rejects calls to compulsorily acquire site of new National Maternity Hospital

Minister for Health Simon Harris with Eilish Hardiman and John Pollock of the planned children’s hospital. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

State of the art hospital at St James’s may be just what the doctor ordered

Minister for Health Simon Harris with Eilish Hardiman Group, CEO of the Children’s Hospital, and John Pollock, project director NCH at St James’s. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Building work set to begin within weeks and is due for completion towards end of 2021

Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital, said the controversy was a ‘storm in a tea cup’. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘New hospital will continue to offer contraception and termination when mother’s life is in danger’

National Maternity Hospital: The Government believes the ownership structure of the new hospital will have to be changed in response to public concern.

St Vincent’s drops threat to review project and issues pledge on independence

Dr Chris Fitzpatrick: “Consideration should be given to handing over the ownership of the site cost-free.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dr Chris Fitzpatrick, who helped in planning of move, says conflicts of interest inevitable

James Menton, chairman of St Vincents University Hospital with Minister Simon Harris and Master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Rhona Mahony. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

St Vincent’s calls for ‘integration of activities’ in agreement with maternity hospital

Dr Peter Boylan: “I believe that granting ownership of the national maternity hospital to the Catholic church is wrong.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Peter Boylan ‘not going to resign’ over maternity hospital criticisms as board split over calls to stand down

Former master objected to move of facility to Sisters of Charity-owned St Vincent’s campus

National Maternity Hospital controversy: Parents for Choice protest against the decision to give the new hospital to the Sisters of Charity. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Kieran Mulvey says elements of St Vincent’s agreement will be clarified but deal ‘will stand’

UCC lecturer Dr Charles Marks claims whiplash was  “created by the medical profession in the second half of the 20th century,” despite a lack of scientific evidence

UCC lecturer says whiplash is ‘multi-billion euro gravy train for the medical profession’

IMO president Dr Ann Hogan  blamed ‘fake news’ and social media for a significant decline in take up of cancer-protecting HPV vaccination amongst young girls. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Health Minister says it’s time to ‘take on the scaremongers’ who are misinforming people

Minister for Health Simon Harris  said it was ‘not good enough’ to have women continuing to deliver at its outdated premises in Holles Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister says no other hospital in Dublin area could be used to deliver required services

A motion supporting a properly resourced contract supporting the present system of private GP contractors was passed unanimously at the IMO conference. File image: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

HSE-employed doctors not the solution to rural GP shortages, IMO conference hears

Former tánaiste and minister for health Mary Harney: “When the children’s hospital was to have been built at the Mater, the site was being given over completely by the Mercy Sisters who owned it”

Harney contrasts situation with Sisters of Mercy offering land for children’s hospital

A Coastguard helicopter taking part in the search for the missing crew members of Rescue 116. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Survey thought to be largest dive exercise of its type in efforts to find R116 winch crew missing for six weeks

Illustration of the new National Maternity Hospital, plans for which have been thrown into jeopardy on Friday evening.

St Vincent’s angry at ‘being portrayed as some sort of Catholic ginger group’

The identity of doctors under investigation by the council should remain protected until such time as an adverse finding is made against them, according to a motion passed at the conference. Photograph: Thinkstock

IMO annual conference hears plan to operate on patients within 12 weeks ‘impractical’

Illustration of the  new National Maternity Hospital, plans for which have been thrown into jeopardy on Friday evening.

Board of St Vincent’s to review move to religious-owned site in wake of controversy

Irish Coast Guard   helicopter. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

‘Nobody seems to want to dwell’ on resources used over minor injury, IMO conference told

Under the Mental Health Act, patients are treated as children until the age of 18 (unless they are married). Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Irish Medical Organisation forum seeks to end age difference between different services

St Vincents University Hospital in Dublin where the National Maternity Hospital is set to move. Photograph Niall Carson/PA Wire

John Halligan ‘very unhappy’ with Sisters of Charity maintaining an interest in National Maternity Hospital

Dr Peter Boylan, former master of the National Maternity Hospital, has criticised plans for a new facility. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister says measures against possible ‘religious interference’ to be put in place

Kieran Rose said he was resigning from the board of Glen as the issue was causing a distraction to its work. Photograph: Frank Miller

Kieran Rose steps down ‘with regret’ from board following campaign allegations

 Robyn Myna at the demonstration against proposed granting of the National Maternity Hospital to the Sisters of Charity at the Department of Health. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Despite the order’s ownership, the hospital will enjoy clinical and operational independence

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the Sisters of Charity would lose out by making “very valuable” land available to the State for free. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sisters of Charity are making ‘very valuable’ land available to the State for free, says Minister

Doctors will also debate a motion endorsing e-cigarettes as a tool for giving up smoking. Photograph: iStock

IMO to debate motion in favour of anonymity until adverse findings are made

More than €60m has been spent since 2013 developing the proposed new national children’s hospital at St James’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government’s final ruling on the project postponed over funding and running costs

The Catholic church has played a leading role in the development of healthcare in Ireland over many years, but critics feel its direct involvement should now come to an end. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Three hospitals controlled by the Sisters of Mercy previously valued at almost €650m

The HSE is failing those most in need of treatment that can cure hepatitis C, according to an infectious diseases consultant at the Mater hospital. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

HSE is failing to give lifesaving treatment to homeless people with hepatitis C, expert says

Glen, which campaigned for a Yes vote in the 2015 same-sex marriage referendum, is facing allegations of financial mismanagement. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Outgoing executive director Áine Duggan says full audit of gay rights charity is needed

The number of women giving birth in Portlaoise has plummeted, from a high of more than 2,300 in 2010 to 1,400 last year. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Decision makers reluctant to enforce big changes, but there is a ‘least worst’ solution

 Portlaoise hospital. Last December a follow-up report by Hiqa found there were continuing safety concerns at the hospital

Senior HSE manager says uncertainty makes it very difficult to recruit doctors and nurses

Concerns have been raised regarding finances in the Glen charity, which was involved in the marriage equality referendum campaign. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Áine Duggan says full audit needed to establish if funds were misappropriated

Glen, which was  involved  in the campaign for same-sex marriage ahead of the 2015 referendum, faces an investigation into its finances.

Charity moves to appoint external investigator to examine allegations of intimidation

Babies should be fed and put to bed, not put to bed and then fed, a dental surgeon says. Photograph:  Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Only water safe for babies at night and soothers are problematic also

The committee is recommending the abolition or reduction of many health charges and an end to private care in public hospitals. Photograph: Frank Miller

Extra €500 million a year needed to pay for expanding health budget, committee says

Campaigner Jillian McNulty, who has cystic fibrosis,   celebrates the news of the funding with Micheál Martin, outside the Dáil. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

HSE says cost must come from additional Government funding

St Finian’s Hospital in Killarney was one of the institutions criticised by the Mental Health Commission. Photograph: Google Streetview

Mental Health Commission criticises poor site facilities and their use for children

Cystic Fibrosis sufferer and campaigner Jillian McNulty with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin outside the Dáil after it was announced that the HSE reached a deal on the provision of the drug Orkambi. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Deal to secure life-saving medicine for 600 patients came just in time, say sufferers

Orkambi graffiti  in Dublin: the Government was never going to risk the  political protests that would ensue if Orkambi were rejected. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Decision by Government will be welcomed by the country’s 600 cystic fibrosis patients

Jesse Stanley: ‘the Government has created a black market  by making cannabis illegal’.

US entrepreneur claims pharmaceutical industry against legalisation

Draft report of the Oireachtas committee: the inevitable “vested interests” who dominate the health service will doubtless fight the proposals tooth and nail.

Oireachtas committee draft report falls down on ways to save money and recruit staff

A Dáil committee on the future of healthcare says the disentangling of the private and public sectors will significantly reduce out of pocket health payments by families. Photograph: iStock

Draft report proposes phasing out tax subsidy for private health insurance

Public and private care in the health system need to be ‘disentangled’ to allow the private sector operate in a free market without Government subsidy, the report says.

Future of healthcare group proposes fund to replace €621m income hospitals would lose

Medical marijuana: Kate O’Connell TD, a practising pharmacist, said Gino Kenny’s proposals to legalise medicinal cannabis would undermine regulations designed to protect the public. Photograph: Eric Luke TD Kate O’Connell said arguments for legalising medicinal cannabis rested on ‘fake facts’.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Kate O’Connell rejects claim medical marijuana Bill would cut overdoses and save lives

A variety of cannabis-containing products are in development, and one - Sativex - has already been licensed in Ireland. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Q&A: There is evidence cannabis can help to manage chronic pain but there are side-effects

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