Minister for Health Simon Harris has asked the Health Research Board to report on the approach taken by other countries in relation to mandatory vaccination. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Attorney General warns requirement for schools would interfere with right to education

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland building  at St Stephen’s Green. Its Bahrain campus has 1,300 students. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Medical Council urged to consider allegations of mistreatment in regime

Senator James Reilly distributed  party leaflets in north Dublin detailing timetable for rollout of free GP care. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

James Reilly announces timetable for rollout of free doctor visits for older children

A record 569,498 people were awaiting a hospital outpatient appointment at the end of August, an increase of 4,669 when compared with July, according to data from the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF). Image: iStock

Waiting lists up 53,000 since start of 2019, NTPF figures reveal

New guidelines were recommended in official reports into the death of Savita Halappanavar in University Hospital Galway in 2012.

Changes sparked by Savita Halappanavar’s death contribute to fall in mortality rate

Ambulance travel times for major trauma patients to Dublin hospitals are well within internationally recommended targets, a new study states. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Authors of study say journey is faster than estimated by Google Maps as emergency response vehicles ‘can travel faster’

‘Ireland . . . still has some way to go to match the best countries for pancreatic and ovarian cancer survival.’ File photograph: Getty

Ireland ranks last for five-year survival from ovarian cancer at 36%, reveals Lancet study

High blood pressure is one of the most important risk factors for stroke, heart disease and kidney disease. Photograph: iStock

High rates of hypertension, and underdiagnosis of the condition, highlighted in Lancet

The HSE has said that where there is a significant discordance between a woman’s original smear tests and the results as provided in the RCOG review, it will provide access to a package of State supports, including a medical card and counselling. Photograph:iStock

Patients will receive a letter or be offered a meeting with specialist

The national children’s hospital site at St James’s Hospital, Dublin: The restriction is likely to pose further challenges to a project that is already years late and massively over budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Residents complain construction at St James’s campus in breach of permission

Hospital patients have been urged to keep active in order to avoid clots. File photograph: iStock

Blood clots, many of them acquired in hospital, linked to one in four deaths in Ireland

Ireland rugby squad training at Carton House, Co Kildare: Rugby players and mixed martial arts fighters were recruited to take part in the four-year clinical research study, which is continuing.   Photograph: Billy Stickland /©INPHO

Number of impacts as opposed to single events causes damage to brain capillaries

Alcohol passes from the mother’s blood into the baby’s blood via the placenta and can damage a baby’s developing brain and body, the HSE points out in a new information campaign on the issue. File photograph: iStock

Ireland estimated to have third highest rate of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists says the wait time for public patients has lengthened from one to two months, to more than six months. Photograph: iStock

Employment in primary care falls, as number of posts in acute services up by 820

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris at the launch of the HSE capital plan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Analysis: Taoiseach says any claims projects would be cut were ‘scandal-mongering’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the cost of the new national children’s hospital is just 1.3 per cent of the annual health budget. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach says claims rising cost will see other projects scrapped are ‘fake’ and ‘made-up’

The plan will be published on Monday by Minister for Health Simon Harris on the site of one of the projects, the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

All approved schemes set to go ahead despite overspend on children’s hospital

Paul Reid, director general HSE. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Nine months after service introduced part-time two-year position to be filled

St James’s Hospital, the biggest hospital in the State, had just 75 patients on trolleys during the month. File photograph: Getty

Almost 10,000 patients obliged to wait for hospital bed, 20% up on same month in 2018

Prof Michael Turner: Maternal obesity is challenging, costly and has lifelong consequences. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Call for health service to increase capacity to perform weight-loss surgery

It is alleged the nurse wrote a falsified reference letter purporting to be signed by a former director of nursing at the nursing home, without her knowledge or consent.

Fitness to practice inquiry hears allegation nursing home manager was seen wearing resident’s missing diamond ring

Nursing Homes Ireland  said its survey showed older people were staying in hospitals for weeks, despite being ready for discharge back into the community via nursing home care.

Survey shows families keeping older relatives in hospital, adding to overcrowding

The   paediatric urgent care centre  at Connolly Hospital is the first phase of the national children’s hospital project. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Just 127 children have attended urgent care facility since opening in July

Fair Deal: Jim Daly, Minister of State with responsibilty for older people, has told the Department of Health extra funding needs to come from the Department of Public Expenditure in order to ensure the four-week wait-time target is met.

HSE says delays for entry to the scheme have risen to an average of six or seven weeks

Dr Tony Holohan wrote to Ms Walsh last March, taking exception to remarks she allegedly made to a journalist criticising his role in the CervicalCheck controversy. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Chief medical officer warned advocate of ‘very strong response’ to repeated comments

An image of a human ovarian cancer cell which was taken on Crann’s Helium Ion Microscope

Researchers in Belfast find biomarker for disease which affects 315 women in Ireland a year

Metastatic melanoma, where the cancer has spread within the body, is one of the most serious types of skin cancer. Photograph: iStock

Drug combination could extend life expectancy by up to 18 months

There are an estimated 30,000 problem gamblers in the State. Photograph: iStock

Figures show 257 cases recorded last year – the highest number since records began in 2010

Simon Harris, Minister for Health, saw the construction work of a 60-bed block during his visit to University Hospital Limerick. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Health makes unannounced visit as 76 patients lie on trolleys at UHL

It is taking the HSE three months to process applications for reimbursement under its treatment abroad scheme. Photograph: Thinkstock

Patients waiting three months for reimbursement as demand for scheme grows

An aggregate report summarising the findings of the review of 1,051 women’s test history will be provided to the Minister for Health, Simon Harris. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Each woman will get an assessment of their smear history compiled by RCOG

Just 123 of the 581 nursing homes in the Republic were found by inspectors of the Health Information and Quality Authority to be fully compliant with regulations. Photograph: iStock

Report from Hiqa cites concerns over fire safety, evacuation procedures as a concern

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the rehabilitative training allowance was being discontinued to eliminate inequities in access to training places for people with disabilities. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Saving will be ploughed back into provision of day training places, says Simon Harris

Minister for Health Simon Harris acknowledged   resources would be needed to address the requirement of cancer survivors. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister acknowledges need for resources to support growing numbers living after cancer

Western Building Systems has won a contract to build a  a 60 bed ward block at University Hospital Limerick. Photograph: iStock

Western Building Systems to build €9.5m 60-bed block at University Hospital Limerick

Unlike the finger-prick test used by people with diabetes, there is no need to draw blood using the Freestyle Libre device. Photograph:  iStock

Adults with diabetes to wait until next year to see if HSE removes age limit on technology

HSE director general Paul Reid said more than 1,000 people in Ireland are carrying the most dangerous superbug, CPE, which is resistant to almost all antibiotics. Photograph: iStock

HSE chief warns over 1,000 people are carrying most dangerous superbug CPE

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Bray GP Rita Doyle tweeted  “would you wait and watch your father deteriorate before your eyes because he could not afford private healthcare?” Photograph:  Virginia Mayo/File Photo

Medical Council head asks Taoiseach if he would watch his father ‘deteriorate’

The biggest mumps outbreak in a decade continues, and the number of cases is still above normal levels. Photograph: iStock

Students at increased risk of disease when schools and colleges reopen next week

The HSE said that while it was a requirement for an early assessment to identify any risks, it was ‘not always appropriate or possible’ to meet this target. Photograph: iStock

FF’s Donnelly says HSE’s failure to meet its own targets ‘never ceases to astonish’

Vision screening among children entering school in the Republic is less comprehensive than in the North. Photograph: iStock

Study links disparity to socioeconomic disadvantage and poor compliance

MedLab cleared its 55,000 backlog of slides last week, the company confirmed on Sunday, and is no longer carrying out work for CervicalCheck.

Capacity may not be sufficient to clear backlog left as MedLab ends involvement

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said  he believes the two-tier pay system for consultants is unfair and needs to be rectified. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Government accused of ‘progressively destroying the fabric of hospital services’

Last June, Prof Ray O’Sullivan told The Irish Times he did not feel he needed to obtain consent before carrying out tests on the vaginas of five women patients. Photograph: Thinkstock

Ray O’Sullivan to challenge move linked to research consent issues in Kilkenny hospital

Rotunda hospital, location of one of the State’s 15 colposcopy clinics. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Clinical need will determine access to clinics as smear test backlog to be cleared in weeks

AMD  makes everyday tasks such as reading, watching TV, driving, or using computers more difficult and in some cases impossible.

‘Leaky blood vessels’ pre-dispose eye to age related macular degeneration, study finds

John O’Dwyer, chief Executive of Vhi. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Rise in subscriptions due to ‘ongoing market stability’

Surveys show three-quarters of Irish people have not taken illegal drugs. Is that a sign of the success, or the failure, of drugs policy? Photograph:  Paul Faith/PA Wire.

Harris argues for a compassionate approach, and promises ‘a helping hand instead of just a handcuff’

“There was little evidence that the unions were vocal in their disagreement with the new entrant salary reduction.” Photograph: Getty Images

Decision resulted in ‘unintended negative consequences’ by making it more difficult to recruit and retain doctors in public hospit(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris, Minister of State Catherine Byrne and Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan at the announcement of a new drugs policy at the Department of Health in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Force says dealers and couriers may ‘adapt’ to carry smaller, permitted amounts of drugs

Prof Alf Nicholson, paediatrician at Temple Street Children’s Hospital:  ‘What is new and most important is the longer-term impact of slapping, with increased rates of suicide, moderate to heavy drinking and substance abuse in adulthood.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Paediatrician says slapping is ineffective and can lead to poor outcomes in later life

The drug Orkambi, made by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, was approved for use in the Republic after a campaign by people with Cystic Fibrosis  and their families. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Breakthrough medicine Orkambi main factor behind 71% rise in sales

Minister for Health Simon Harris: The external review is in response to allegations made by a whistleblower about governance and administrative issues at the board. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Health orders external investigation in response to allegations about governance

HSE has agreed to reimburse Kuvan for up to 20pc of patients with rare metabolic disorder

It has taken the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly, to highlight our “defective” procedures for recruiting doctors over recent years.

Hospitals relying on junior doctors, as untrained ‘consultants’ threaten patient safety

Among its findings, the HSE report finds that doctors of ‘unknown professional standard’ continue to work in hospitals.

Review says hospitals’ reliance on ‘transient’ foreign doctors has created instability

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has written a series of letters to Minister for Health Simon Harris (above). Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Tusla and HSE at odds over who should pay for care of 34 vulnerable young adults

Because ‘Mary’ had turned 18, Tusla, the  agency providing for her care, felt hamstrung in relation to what action might be taken to protect her. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tusla continues to fund placements on ‘humanitarian and exceptional basis’

Irish doctors are “pushed” to emigrate by factors such as  health cuts, deteriorating working conditions and reductions in new entrant salaries for consultants. They are also influenced by “pull factors” in Australia such as good working conditions and staffing levels. File photograph: Getty

Doctors ‘pushed’ to emigrate by health cuts, poor conditions and new entrant salaries

St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny. Once the issue became known, the hospital stopped the tests, seized the equipment and informed the patients.

Patients to be briefed on contents of report before it is published

 St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny. Inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) have made urgent recommendations for change, after its inspectors visited the unit.

Death of two pregnant patients prompted outside investigations into St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny

Minister for Health Simon Harris ‘was gung-ho on getting in Repeal the Eighth - I think for cynical reasons - without preparing the system for the workload that was thrown upon it,’ says Kilkenny consultants Prof Ray O’Sullivan.  Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Move follows claim by four doctors that St Luke’s was not ‘an appropriate location’ for the service

A speculum is a tool used by doctors to investigate bodily orifices and is used by gynaecologists to open the vagina for examination. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

Obstetrician and gynaecologist’s work on new speculum raises bodily autonomy issues

Obstetrician and gynaecologist Prof Ray O’Sullivan says he did not feel he needed to obtain consent before carrying out tests on five women patients last year. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Kilkenny hospital referred matter to Medical Council and sought suspension of doctor

Studies have indicated one in every 165 Irish schoolchildren has an autism spectrum disorder, and the number of cases is increasing. Photograph: iStock

Experts cite ‘limited evidence’ linking a difficult labour to autism

The NAGP has struggled to collect subscriptions due from doctors due to ‘negative publicity’ in recent months, according to chief executive Chris Goodey.

Liquidator appointed to company behind the association of GPs

Given the lateness of the deferral of the strike, there still could be disruptions in hospitals and healthcare facilities. Photograph: iStock

Siptu warns of further possible strikes by healthcare assistants, lab aides and porters

Given the lateness of the deferral of the strike, there still could be some disruptions in hospitals and healthcare facilties.

Move follows intervention of the Workplace Relations Commission on Wednesday

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  indicated the appeal  was to obtain clarity on the legal position after the judgment by Mr Justice Kevin Cross caused widespread alarm among doctors.  Photograph: Fran Veale

Varadkar says appeal against High Court judgment is to obtain clarity

Dr Gabriel Scally: according to his report, disclosure of the audit occurred in just 43 cases. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Cabinet approves payments for women who were not informed of smear test audit

Hospital managers are warning of the potentially ‘crippling’ impact of the strike on hospital services

Industrial action by support staff would have significant impact on services, says HSE

Dr Michael Burnell  declined to co-operate with the professional competence scheme of the Medical Council.

Dr Michael Burnell told officials he was retired and had no intention of co-operating

Ruth Morrisse’s solicitor said on Monday his client had still not been told directly about the State Claims Agency’s appeal. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Barrister says it is not clear how the award could be ‘disconnected’ from an appeal

Sources say the report contains a detailed roadmap for removing private patients from public hospitals. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Publication of report on implementing the Sláintecare plan has been shelved until autumn

Poverty is the ultimate cause of childhood obesity, said Prof Viner

Europediatrics 2019 in Dublin discusses the causes and prevention of childhood obesity

Outpatient waiting lists are up more than 40,000 since the end of last year. Photograph: iStock

Fianna Fáil says figures ‘a disgrace’ despite small fall in patients waiting for operations

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication is used to prevent HIV infection. Photograph: iStock

Pre-emptive anti-retroviral drugs regime to be introduced to combat rise in infections

“When things go wrong during a patient’s healthcare journey, for whatever reason, a genuine expression of regret delivered in a manner which is empathic is always appropriate”

Under new HSE policy workers urged to provide sincere apologies where errors occur

Dr Gabriel Scally found about 250,000 smear tests from women in Ireland were read in labs that had not been approved by CervicalCheck. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Legislation to set up a tribunal on alleged misreading of smear tests to go to Cabinet

Dr Gabriel Scally says legal processes are clearly failing to meet the wishes of patients. Photograp: Crispin Rodwell/ The  Irish Times

There is 'crying need' for change, says Dr Gabriel Scally, investigating CervicalCheck

The 7.5% annual contribution from the asset value of the family home is charged for three years. File photograph: Getty

Farming families unhappy over paying a percentage of the farm’s value for care

‘In my view, there is a crying need for a change of approach,’ Dr Gabriel Scally, said.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

System in place for responding to errors in screening is ‘inadequate to the task’

Protesters at Leinster House, Dublin in February called for the HSE to approve Spinraza for children who have spinal muscular atrophy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Drug is only treatment on market for spinal muscular atrophy, which affects 25 children in State

The cost of claims against the HSE and settled last year by the agency jumped 13 per cent to €318.7 million, from €283.2 million in 2017. File photograph: Getty

Catastrophic birth injuries account for most costly category of claims against the health service

Fianna Fáil’s Marc MacSharry said: ‘There is something very wrong with our system if our patients are being left behind and denied access to the latest medicines.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

FF’s Marc MacSharry calls on Government to prioritise access to latest cancer therapies

In some cases, women are still being asked to wait longer than 33 weeks to receive the results of their smear tests. Photograph: iStock

HSE agreement with Quest Diagnostics will ensure survival of CervicalCheck programme

Botox has to be administered by a medical doctor, but dermal filler products can be injected by practitioners without a medical degree. Photograph: Robert Daly/Ojo/Getty

Minister for Health wants department to outline public health risks of using fillers

Photograph: Thinkstock

Consultants launch #CareCantWait social media campaign to highlight doctor shortage

So far this year, six cyclists have been killed on Irish roads and many more injured, some very seriously. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Three-quarters of those injured were men and average age of patients was 44 years

The cost of GP claims increased from €293.8 million to €311.5 million between 2013 and 2017. Photograph: Getty Images

Doctors saw 1.11 million male patients and 1.22 million females over five-year period

It is “irresponsible” of governments not to develop proper systems of trauma care when upgrading road systems, says Prof Mark Fitzgerald, a trauma expert from the Alfred Hospital in Australia. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mater forum to hear how integrated trauma service could reduce fatalities

Hiqa inspectors  found ‘inadequate signage posted at wash hand basins and no signage at others, which posed a risk to residents and visitors’.

Inspectors ‘not assured’ the water at Merlin Park community nursing unit was safe

The National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in Holles Street is undertaking a lookback of unborn babies found to have a fatal foetal abnormality over the past 20 years to see if they were correctly diagnosed. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Couple say they ‘were not scared of the prospect of caring or loving a very sick child’

Nine claims against BreastCheck are under active management by the State Claims Agency, more than at any time since the service was set up in 1998. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA

Health sources fear claims of misdiagnosis in BreastCheck scheme threaten its viability

Linda Hannan: Mother of two from Celbridge  had to pay €3,000 privately to have her tissue sample examined in the US.

Oncotype test reveals hormone therapy alone sufficient treatment for many women

The National Maternity Hospital. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

National Maternity Hospital had asked London-based medics to examine incident at the hospital

The cost of biosimilars is usually less than half that of the originator products.

Scheme offers €500 per patient to departments that switch from Humira and Enbrel

A file photograph of Dr Susan Finnerty (right) the Inspector of Mental Health Services. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Dr Susan Finnerty says 20 residents in a unit found to be ‘sharing one shower’

 Delays continued to affect the national rail network through Tuesday as engineers worked to rectify the signalling issues.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Some 20,000 affected as intercity trains halted for two hours, commuter services for four

Maria Bailey has declined to say in what way she believed the hotel to be negligent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What injuries did she suffer, and what legal advice did she receive and from whom?

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