Plans to move the maternity hospital from Holles Street to St Vincent’s were delayed by 18 months due to a row over governance. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

HSE argues ‘not reasonable’ to say cost of locating new facility at St Vincent’s has risen

The agency is winding up operations due to financial difficulties caused by funding challenges and increased operating costs.

Marriage advisory service to close with loss of 18 jobs and termination of eight contracts

CF Ireland says damage is being done to children with cystic fibrosis by the failure to authorise Kalydeco for  those aged two to five years

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland warns of ‘strong outcry’ if HSE fails to approve Orkambi on cost

St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny. The CRE outbreak was reported in late January, and full infection-control precautions were put in place

Four patients in hospital’s surgical ward have been infected with the CRE superbug

The minor injury units do not treat serious injuries. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Many of 11 units across State are in hospitals whose 24-hour rooms close

Ramona Nicholas: the pharmacies include Cara, whose directors include Ms Nicholas of RTÉ’s ‘Dragon’s Den’, and the Hickey chain, which has 28 outlets

Cara and Hickey’s among those accused over multiple dispensing fees

Sgt Maurice McCabe: the terms of reference embrace the two main whistleblowers, Sgt Maurice McCabe and Garda Keith Harrison, but a provision allows for  investigation of “any other complaints”  by other gardaí. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

If it avoids legal challenges, is well chaired and organised it may take less than a year

 Emphysema sufferer Orla Keane has been using Respreeza, a highly-expensive wonder drug that is set to be rejected by the HSE on cost grounds. Photograph: Alan Betson

Woman fearful after HSE and firm behind Respreeza fail to reach deal on drug price

Respreeza is being  provided through a compassionate-use programme. File photograph: Getty Images

Over 20 emphysema sufferers to see use of ‘life changing’ Respreeza finish in two weeks

Irish Deaf Society calls on Ross Browne to highlight the ‘lived reality’ of exclusion experienced by community. Photograph: YouTube

Ross Browne ‘interpreted’ his own version of Enda Kenny’s speech in Cork

Former minister Ray Burke who was questioned by the Planning tribunal. Photograph:  Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

They cost a fortune, last for ages, become complicated and lawyers make a fortune

The smoking rate among expectant mothers attending the Coombe  hospital in Dublin fell from 14.3 per cent to 10.9 per cent between 2011 and 2015. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

New study claims fewer pregnant women are smoking but calls for e-cigarette review

A doctor gives an HPV vaccination to a teenage girl.  Thousands of schoolgirls who did not get the cervical cancer vaccine last autumn are to be offered a second chance to receive it in the coming weeks. Photograph:  Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

HSE says uptake of HPV jab fell from 87% to 50% due to ‘unsubstantiated’ safety claims

Sexual healing: The TCD study revealed that older men have more sex than older women. File photograph: Getty Images

Trinity College Dublin study finds two-thirds of this age group are having sex weekly or monthly

Minister for Health Simon Harris has appeared to ratchet up the pressure on HSE senior managers. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Analysis: Irish health system is not geared towards examining managerial failings

 People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny (3rd from left) with  Dr Cathal O’Suilliobhain, Mark Gaynor,  from Galway and Vera Twomey, from Cork, at the launch of the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Bill 2016 in November. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Report recommending access for certain conditions to be implemented

Minister for Health Simon Harris will on Friday publish the Health Products Regulatory Authority  report on cannabis for medical use. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government-commissioned review recommends the medicinal use of the drug

Dr Walsh worked as a as a psychiatric adviser to the Department of Health from 1987 to 2003.

Psychiatrist was long-time critic of accommodation facilities for patients

This year’s flu vaccine is considered a good fit for the predominant A(H3N2) strain circulating, with 71 per cent of specimens tested matching the vaccine. File photograph: Getty Images

Infection rate declining after nine weeks of elevated activity, according to HSE update

There were 539 patients waiting for admission to hospital on trolleys or in wards on Wednesday morning

Trolley crisis forces cancellation of thousands of scheduled appointments

Simon Harris and his team are reportedly frustrated at the slow pace of change in the health service and what they believe is resistance to their reform proposals. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Officials who took part in TV debate felt they were ‘thrown under the bus’ by Minister

In Ireland,  we publish separate waiting lists for outpatient appointments and for inpatient procedures, and also for gastro-intestinal endoscopes. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Much of the time potential patients spend interacting with the health service goes unrecorded

HSE director general Tony O’Brien warned TDs the organisation could not   build the proposed national children’s hospital “within the current capital envelope” Photograph: Alan Betson

Health service not in position to sign contracts on project, HSE director tells TDs

Minister for Health Simon Harris. UCC health economist Dr Brian Turner says: “We have a particular problem in Ireland with waiting lists.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Experts give their opinion on cause of crisis and how the health system can be improved

Deirdre McDonnell spent two years on a waiting list before undergoing on operation to correct the curvature in her spine.

Charity Straight Ahead has funded operations for 100 children with the condition

Billy Caldwell’s mother Charlotte says cannabis oil has reduced his life-threatening seizures from up to nine a week to four a month. Photograph: Keep Billy Alive/Facebook

Tyrone woman living in Los Angeles with son says she does not want to be criminalised

There are 62,066 patients on a Planned Procedures list, which is not published.

HSE admits it has concerns about 9,000 inpatients not included on national waiting lists

Minister for Health Simon Harris marks the commencement of phase one of construction of the new children’s hospital at St James’s. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Rows continue over the location of the new building at St James’s Hospital in Dublin

Proposed children’s hospital at St James’s: rising costs in the construction sector is being blamed for most of the projected increase in the facility’s price tag

Steep rise in budget from €650m excludes IT and equipment costs of at least €200m

 Minister for Health Simon Harris has been asked by the Oireachtas health committee to ensure both organisations representing GPs participate in negotiations on a new contract for the profession. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Oireachtas group complains to minister about ‘unacceptable’ exclusion of union

Dysentery bacillus (shigella). This bacterium causes shigellosis, an infectious colitis characterised by an acute inflammatory reaction in the intestines. The effects on the organism are severe with acute abdominal pain, dehydration, loss of blood and high temperatures. Optical microscopy x 1850.

Second outbreak of shigella among MSM within a year

Over 1,000 Irish-trained GPs went to work in the UK alone between 2009 and 2013 and have not come back, according to the National Association of GPs

GP association warns Oireachtas health committee of ‘monumental’ manpower crisis

Tallaght Hospital  said it was currently experiencing a very high number of emergency attendances, which was resulting in longer patient waiting times. Photograph: David Sleator

Tallaght Hospital warns patients of delays as record 57 people wait for a bed

A mural on Charlemont Place in Dublin. Authorities in Ireland, the UK and several other European countries have balked at CF drug Orkambi’s high price. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Health body indiciated it would pay up to €75m a year for product estimated to cost €400m

 John Tobin from Tramore, Co Waterford. ‘They had to stand down the helicopter due to fog and in the end the only option was to drive me to Cork.’ Photograph: Mary Browne

Three campaign groups to step up pressure for 24/7 services for heart-disease patients

Former Tipperary senior hurling manager Eamon O’Shea. Families bear about half of this cost, he estimates. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

NUI Galway’s Prof Eamon O’Shea says treatment is costing €1.9bn annually

More than 2,000 people at Tallaght Hospital have come into contact with a potentially lethal superbug since an outbreak began 18 months ago. Photograph: David Sleator

Dublin centre has had an outbreak of a potentially lethal bug for the past 18 months

 Drinking untreated water  is much more risky   than exposure to THMs,  the   HSE says. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty

Chlorine can react with organic matter in water to form trihalomethanes

Family doctors support the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal use, a new survey indicates.

Family doctors are opposed to a general decriminalisation of the drug, new survey says

Prof Robert Harrison: oversaw  births of about 4,000 babies using fertility technology. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Founder of Hari unit carried out first IVF procedure at St James’s Hospital in 1985

Emergency: report finds medical waiting times in Ireland  to be “frequently more than three hours” more often  than anywhere else in Europe. Photograph: Alan Betson

Euro Health Consumer Index ranks Irish health system 21st overall in 2016

The HPV vaccine has the potential to avert 250-350 cervical cancer cases a year. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Only a small number of those testing positive had both subtypes linked to cervical disease

Trolley crisis is claimed to be causing misdiagnoses and shortening the lives of patients or causing permanent injury. Photograph: Frank Miller

Ictu claims presence of managers and consultants will speed decisions and patient flow

The worst-affected hospital highlighted in the latest HSE overcrowding figures is Tallaght Hospital. File Photograph: Getty Images

Tallaght staff warn of ‘grave’ risk of infection as patients accommodated ‘in full view’

3D illustration of lungs

Over 20 sufferers are given Respreeza reprieve while talks continue on approving the treatment

  Owen O’Callaghan  overlooking his development of Opera Lane  in Cork. Photograph:  Barlok Photo

Lord Mayor of Cork says legacy will be evident on Leeside for decades to come

The irregularities at Positive Action often involved the payment of cheques into the director’s account but these were recorded with a different payee in  records. Photograph: iStockPhoto/Getty Images

Report says major warning signs at Positive Action were not acted upon by executives

The report says the fuel cards which are supposed to be assigned to each vehicle were used by more than one HSE vehicle and in some instances by non-HSE assigned vehicles.

Allegations included poor management of restricted medication logbook and payroll

Spending controls at  hepatitis C support group Positive Action were non-existent, an internal HSE audit report said. File photograph: iStockPhoto/Getty Images

‘Considerable extravagance’ and resistance to accountability, says HSE audit report

An estimated 225,000 Irish people are living with diabetes. Photograph: Getty Images

Conference hears call for payments to GPs to handle patients with illness in community

Health Insurance Authority has begun a two-month consultation on lifetime community rating in the private health insurance market. Photograph: Frank Miller

Health Insurance Authority also considering relief for people coming to Ireland

The affair shows the need for every doctor to have someone looking over their shoulder as a second opinion. File photograph: Getty Images

How system responds to public concerns will be critical in wake of this avoidable mistake

An external review into 13 missed cancer cases at Wexford General Hospital is to be completed within six months. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Independent investigation will review colonoscopies at Wexford General Hospital

Highest rates of flu were recorded among 15-65 year-olds and among the over-65s. Photograph: iStock

Flu cases still well above median levels; vulnerable groups advised to take get flu vaccine

Thirteen cancer cases at Wexford General Hospital were ‘presumed missed’ when colonoscopies were performed on patients, according to a review published on Thursday.

‘Wondering if the bowel cancer could have been detected earlier can be unbearable at times’

Minister for Health Simon Harris has allocated the National Treatment Purchase Fund €15m for waiting list initiatives. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

New initiative will help those who have been waiting over 18 months for day-case care

Thirteen cancer cases at Wexford General Hospital were missed after patients’ colonoscopies were misread. File photograph: Getty Images

All patients screened by same consultant, on leave since issue uncovered two years ago

Brendan Courtney’s documentary highlights the difficulties in navigating Fair Deal and the delays that arise in the system. Photograph: Alan Betson

On any one day, there are hundreds of so-called ‘delayed discharges’ in the system

In some cases the wider family wants to avoid having the patient’s assets used to fund a nursing home place through the Fair Deal scheme, according to HSE head of legal services Eunice O’Raw.

Relatives reluctant to use assets to fund care home stay, says HSE’s senior legal adviser

File image of INMO members protesting outside St Vincent’s hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

INMO will not finalise strike plan until after new talks with Government

The committee believes a “transitional fund” will be needed to enable the transfer of care from hospitals to the community and primary care over the period of the plan.

Plans for universal health system must start with primary care, committee says

 Minister for Health Simon Harris said the IBTS would continue to keep all deferral policies under review in the light of scientific evidence, emerging infections and international experience

Irish Blood Transfusion Service applies 12-month deferral period for men who have had sex with men

Since the report was commissioned, there has been a substantial increase in staff in the emergency department and an additional ward has been opened to cater for surges in the number of patients attending, the spokesman said.

University Hospital Galway admits emergency department building is not suitable

The worse affected hospital was University Hospital Galway, where more than 5,000 procedures were cancelled in 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke

Big rise in cancellations nationwide due to overcrowding in emergency departments

 Student Seán Fenton: “I noticed a huge difference straight away. My head was clearer. I didn’t get as many seizures and those I did get went away more quickly.” Photograph: Liam Burke/Press

Seán Fenton (19) says medical use of drug a vital support in upcoming Leaving Cert

An official report says relationships between senior medical staff and the nursing team appear broken and the resulting lack of trust is extremely damaging. Photograph: Eric Luke

Patients are at risk and ‘nobody is in charge’ at departmental or corporate level

Former NI deputy first minister Martin McGuinness announcing his resignation from the post. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Rare disease caused by deposits of abnormal protein – amyloid – in tissues and organs

The OECD report  says more than 10 per cent of hospital expenditure goes on correcting preventable medical mistakes or infections that people catch in hospital.  Photo credit should read: Lucinda Wilcox/PA

Report queries need for charges imposed on patients for visits to emergency departments

Protesters march down Bridge Street in Waterford in September 2016, demanding improvements in cardiac services at University Hospital Waterford.  Photograph: Patrick Browne

Move is dependent on funds and aimed at defusing controversy over cardiac services

Under a Health Service Executive target, the number of patients on trolleys on any given day should not exceed 236. Photograph: Frank Miller

Wintry weather may lead to new overcrowding records in hospitals next week

Oireachtas committee planning the future of the health service:   some submissions highlighted a lack of integration between State agencies and many raised issues of staff morale. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Oireachtas team says consensus on primary and integrated care but finances disputed

Under HSE targets, the number of patients on trolleys on a given day is not supposed to exceed 236. Photograph: Frank Miller

More beds are opened and numbers fall from last week’s high of 612, say INMO figures

The hospital with the longest outpatient waiting list is University Hospital Galway at 34,807, followed by Cork University Hospital, where 27,000 patients are on the list

Figures a relief to Harris who is under intense pressure due to record numbers on trolleys

Hospitals see over 30 patients who self harm every day with alcohol  playing a role in about a third of cases

New Year’s Day is the worst day of the year for self-harm presentations at Irish hospitals

Graffiti on Charlemont Place, Dublin: the Orkambi drug which improves lung function and reduces hospitalisation would cost €160,000 per patient annually at its initial price.   Photograph Nick Bradshaw

US pharma Vertex in talks with HSE to reduce high price of cystic fibrosis drug

Rosarii Mannion, HSE national director of human resources: “A lot of the negative messages that have gone out have inhibited relocation but we want to change that narrative.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Event targeting nurses home for Christmas or going back to work after some time away

The HSE is already facing the threat of industrial action by tens of thousands of doctors and nurses in the new year.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Workers seeking access to evaluation arrangement and potential salary increases

Oisin O’Connell, lung consultant at the Mater Hospital:  “When you are under pressure and trying to do the best you can, discrimination only adds to the pressure.” Photograph: Eric Luke

‘It is so demoralising to work side by side with colleagues, doing exactly the same work’

Among those on the list of the top 100 payees is Fianna Fáil Senator and Mayo GP Keith Swanick, who received over €494,000 during the year.

Highest-earning individually named GP earns in excess of €820,000 in fees

An example of Fuchsite, a silicate-type rock containing mica. File photograph: Getty Images

Over 400 seeking redress for alleged damage to homes from mica-containing blocks

Stauntons Pharmacy in Castlebar, Co Mayo where errors were allegedly made in dosage

Hearings into two other pharmacists at same practice deferred until the New Year

 Wexford Independent TD Mick Wallace: has worked effectively as a touchstone for disaffected citizens. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Maverick TD channelled public anger on austerity while leaving State €1.4m short on VAT

Protest in support of people with cystic fibrosis and the campaign for Orkambi drug therapy approval in Ireland at Leinster House earlier this month. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

About 2,000 German patients to benefit as State continues to negotiate over price

Donated goods for the occupation of Apollo House. Photograph: David Cochrane/The Irish Times

Showers to be added to block taken over by housing campaigners as numbers there rise

“Some older people find they are absolutely miserable in a home but their chances of leaving seem to depend greatly on the family dynamic”

Up to 70% of cases dealt with by advocacy group involve family conflicts over care

“The nursing home was very nice and comfortable, but I felt terrible. I was going out of my head, there was nothing to do,” says Kay. Library photograph: iStock

Case study: after she fell, Kay’s family found a residential place for her but she got bored

 Supplies are brought into Apollo House in Dublin city centre which has been taken over by “concerned citizens” and is being used to accommodate homeless people. Photograph: Alan Betson

Home Sweet Home group accommodating 31 homeless people in disused office building

One of the issues raised by a number of witnesses in Dr Bernadette Scully’s trial was the fight for services for her severely disabled daughter. Photograph: Collins Courts

Doctor was forced to seek help from London clinic amid struggle with HSE for services

Bernadette Scully leaving the Central Criminal Court in Dublin on Friday.  Photograph: Collins Courts

GP was found not guilty of the manslaughter of her profoundly disabled daughter

Andrius Kozlovskis and Bernadette Scully: the pressure on Scully grew and grew as her daughter Emily’s condition got worse. Photograph: Collins Courts

Popular GP went through difficult marriages but cared for daughter ‘100 per cent plus’

There was much talk about our bigger, older population and the demands this was putting on the health service, though this should hardly come as a surprise

Absence of cutbacks is welcome although it seems a case of ‘merely treading water’

One in three men, and one in four women, will get invasive cancer during their lifetime. Illustration: Sciepro/SPL/Getty

Lifestyle changes linked to static rates but almost 38,000 still diagnosed every year

 Orkambi graffiti on Charlemont Place Dublin: under initial proposal the drug would cost €160,000 per patient annually.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Minister says he will not be bullied, as talks with pharma firm on cystic fibrosis drug reopen

HSE director general Tony O’Brien warned of a number of significant risks to the delivery of health services next year as the organisation set out its plans for its €14bn budget. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Health body says it may not be able to meet costs of pay and new drugs and equipment

Prescription charges paid by more than 330,000 medical card-holders over the age of 70 will be reduced from next March. File photograph: Getty

Simon Harris also announces medical cards for 9,000 sick children by early 2017

The highest trolley figures on Tuesday were in Cork University Hospital and University Hospital Galway, where 48 patients apiece were waiting for admission.

Concern over rise in overcrowding as 541 patients waiting for admission

Alcohol was implicated in one in three deaths over the 2004-14 period. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Fatalities up 62% over 10 years, with half of those who died aged 39 or younger

Also known as GBL or simply “G”, the drug GHB gives rise to seizures, hallucinations, extreme agitation and is easy to overdose on. However, it is also used increasingly in the chemsex scene for its euphoria-inducing and disinhibiting properties. File photograph: Getty Images

Use of drugs to enhance sexual pleasure is suspected over sharp rise in HIV, syphilis and gonorrhoea

Since 2012, the HPV vaccine has been provided to girls in their early teens but a trenchant campaign of opposition has seen a falloff in the take-up rate from 87 per cent to about 50 per cent. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Vaccine will target 16-26-year-olds from next January through public clinics

Building up resistance: misuse of antibiotics is said to be costing 700,000 lives a year. Photograph: Getty Images

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