As part of the agreement, the IMO dropped its objection in principle to the Government’s plans to extend free GP care to further cohorts of children.  File photograph:  Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Irish Medical Organisation members voted by 95 per cent in favour of the deal

Kim Kardashian and other celebrities are ‘coming into issues that have a serious effect on our public health’, Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell told an Oireachtas committee on Wednesday. File photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty

Vaccinated children could suffer serious illness from mumps, says Kate O’Connell

The holding company behind the National Association of General Practitioners is to go into voluntary liquidation

National Association of General Practitioners has been in turmoil over governance issues

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

Spinraza is only treatment available for those with spinal muscular atrophy

HSE director general Paul Reid: said the independent review of emergency department would reveal a lot about which parts of the country have better processes. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Newly-appointed HSE chief announces review of nine emergency departments

Minister for Health Simon Harris will tell the Oireachtas health committee  he is committed to addressing the concerns of medical professionals in relation to the judgment  in the Ruth Morrissey cervical cancer case

Expert group to examine capacity, bed utilisation, manpower and staffing issues

Dr Michael O’Connell will be the 32nd Master of the Coombe Hospital, which will celebrate its bi-centenary in 2026.

Masters of all three Dublin maternity hospitals will soon be men following latest appointment

Experts in genetics and foetal medicine are expected to be involved in a review of the National Maternity Hospital. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Patient's pregnancy terminated on basis of test result suggesting fatal foetal anomaly

Vera Twomey touching the gates of Leinster House after her marathon walk in March 2017 in support of her campaign for her daughter Ava Barry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Vera Twomey says she fought for two years to get medicinal cannabis for daughter Ava Barry

Researchers from Shanghai University’s school of medicine set out to investigate if there was evidence to support improvement of anxiety symptoms by regulating intestinal microbiota. Photograph: iStock

Research indicates that gut microbiota can help regulate brain function

 The couple claims they were told there was no need for them to wait for a second test result before proceeding with a termination.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Complaint to be made to Data Protection Commissioner about National Maternity Hospital

Plants at a medical cannabis company in Israel. Photograph: Amir Cohen/File Photo/Reuters

Campaigners say medicinal cannabis being used as ‘Trojan horse’ towards legalisation

The couple  say they were told there was “no hope” and that the next stage of testing “would make no difference”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Controversy continues over National Maternity Hospital treatment as second test showed no fatal foetal anomaly

Prof Fergal Malone, Rotunda Hospital master: because the rapid test can give a false positive if there is no ultrasound abnormality most laboratories recommend to wait for the full two weeks.

Simon Harris wants external review in case of wrong finding of fatal foetal anomaly

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the couple involved had “lost a very wanted child”. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Independent review to focus on termination carried out for fatal foetal abnormality reasons

 On the basis of  results from tests carried out, the couple opted for a termination, which was carried out in Holles Street two months ago. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Independent review focuses on termination carried out for fatal foetal abnormality reasons

Many of those who live in mental health units are vulnerable and elderly, have poor communication abilities and are at high risk of heart disease. Photograph: Getty

Commission finds denial of physical healthcare to patients may cause 3,000 to die a year

The number of Irish  babies born with low birth wieght is rising at a rate exceeded only by Czechia among higher income countries. Photograph: iStock

Proportion of babies with low birth weight grew from 4.9% in 2000 to 5.9% in 2015

‘The dental profession in Ireland is unable to assure patients that they are receiving the safe and contemporary standard of care they expect.’ Photograph: iStock

Dentists training to become specialists forced abroad, many never to return, says RCSI

Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae has called for a fuller investigation into the matter. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Review of more than 46,000 tests found 11 patients suffered delayed cancer diagnosis

Ireland has been spending ‘like drunken sailors’ on healthcare over the past 20 years but has very little to show for it, a conference on patient rights has been told. Image: iStock.

Academic says State has thrown money at issue like ‘drunken sailors’ in recent years

Ruth Morrissey and her husband Paul speaking outside Dublin’s High Court last week. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA

Doctors concerned over ‘absolute confidence’ expectation following Ruth Morrissey case

Ruth Morrissey and her husband, Paul, outside the Four Courts  at the conclusion of her case. Parties normally have 10 days to lodge an appeal, but this has been shortened in view of Ms Morrissey’s terminal illness. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Crisis meeting hears urgent call for clarity in the wake of Ruth Morrissey legal judgment

 Almost 131,000 patients are waiting for scans under the HSE’s national integrated medical imaging system (NIMIS) of electronically stored images. A further 34,000 patients are waiting on a non-NIMIS list. Photograph: Getty Images

Over 25,000 patients waiting for diagnostic tests have been on the list for more than 12 months

Ruth Morrissey and her husband Paul outside the Four Courts at the conclusion of her case.Photograph: Dave Meehan

Concerned the standard of ‘absolute confidence’ mentioned in judgment ‘impossible to attain’

Ruth Morrissey and her husband Paul  outside Dublin’s High Court last week after winning her court case over misreadings of her cervical smear tests. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

HSE also considering appeal due to concerns over wider implications of case

Adrienne Cullen: Report described Ms Cullen’s treatment at UMC Utrecht as a ‘calamity’.

Widower of Adrienne Cullen called for chief to resign over his wife’s death

The late Adrienne Cullen, whose pathology results were lost by the hospital for two years

UMC Utrecht introduces new safety checks after review unearthed further shortcomings

Adrienne Cullen: The report details two significant opportunities the hospital missed to spot her cancer at an early stage when she first attended in 2011. Photograph: Judith Jockel

Failure to diagnose Adrienne Cullen’s cervical cancer led to calamitous delay in treatment

Alcohol intake in Ireland has increased since 2010 despite falling in many western countries

Chief executive of Cork University Hospital Tony McNamara said he is departing with sadness to ‘accept other opportunities in the private sector’. File photograph: Provision

Chief executive Tony McNamara leaves hospital after 27 years

Private nursing homes have been criticised for “top-up” fees for social and occupational therapy programmes, with claims some charge  for wound dressings, prescription painkillers and bedsore creams. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

Consumer watchdog to issue guidelines on potentially unfair clauses in contracts of care

Johan Verbruggen in his office in Galway. ‘I suppose it fed into my own concept of justice, that I was never given an apology.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Johan Verbruggen, who has Erb’s palsy, says his parents ‘were told it was their own fault’

GPs called on Minister for Health Simon Harris to provide ‘safe access zones’ around doctors’ surgeries. Photograph: Thinkstock

Zones needed to protect doctors and patients from protesters, says Irish council for GPs

There were 13 deaths in Ireland associated with meningococcal disease last year, according to the HSE. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

First-year students to receive new vaccine from next autumn following rise in cases

About 15 per cent of samples will test positive for HPV and these will be prioritised for examination under the microscope. Photograph: iStock

HSE to have new smears tested abroad as CervicalCheck agrees HPV testing with MedLab

Minister for Health Simon Harris has suggested mandatory vaccination could be introduced as a way of boosting  immunisation rates. Photograph: Getty Images

Twice as many mumps cases have been reported this year as were recorded in the whole of 2018

Irish Red Cross volunteer inmates at the Community Based Health in Detention Workshop at the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise. Photograph: James Forde

Irish Red Cross programme seen as model for peer-to-peer education among prisoners

Vicky Phelan arrives at the Department of the Taoiseach in Dublin for a meeting with Leo Varadkar to raise concerns about the Government’s handling of the CervicalCheck scandal.

Phelan accuses Government of using Brexit as an excuse for not fulfilling promises

Vicky Phelan was awarded €2.5 million against a US testing lab over the alleged misreading of her smear tests under the CervicalCheck programme. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The campaigner on seeking accountability and reform after the CervicalCheck crisis

Before 2009 primary care centres were delivered by traditional public procurement, but since then private delivery methods have been prioritised. Photograph: Getty Images

Study finds global investors have entered the Irish primary care centre market ‘because it offers relatively high profit opportuni(...)

Many took the good weather as the perfect opportunity to head to the beaches, such as Portmarknock in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Northern Ireland records warmest ever Easter at 21.4 degrees in Armagh

Cricket Ireland said it experienced ‘significant cash flow constraints’ last year after incurring losses when Ireland’s first test match against Pakistan was rained out. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Money was given against advice of Sport Ireland to pay wages and ease cash flow crisis

The HSE estimates there are 100 to 200 cases of Lyme disease a year in Ireland but patient groups and some doctors say this is too low

The Borrelia pathogen is distantly related to the bacteria that cause Lyme disease

Children out cycling near their home in Ballinasloe when they were hit by a car

The cost to the State of replicating the move could be as high as €500 million over five years, estimates Prof Michael Barry, clinical director of the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics. Photograph: PA Wire

Number of indications covered by VHI initiative now 13, not three as had been thought

Opposition politicians joined families of children with spinal muscular atrophy who are seeking access to a new drug, Spinraza, in a march to Leinster House in February. Photograph: Paul Cullen

Decision on funding Spinraza to treat spinal muscular atrophy expected in May

The doctors say they “profoundly regret” the waiting times for patients but go on to argue UHL is under-resourced compared to other hospitals.

Doctors claim Beaumont has 31% more staff and 39% more beds than UHL in open letter

Some 1,234 nurses and midwives last year applied to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland for a certificate of current professional status. Photograph: iStock

Hundreds of Irish-trained nurses sought certs allowing them to practice abroad in 2017

 Research  shows patients are at an increased risk of developing malnutrition the longer they stay in hospital due to dissatisfaction with the food, fasting periods, exposure to infection and loss of body mass. Photograph: Getty Images

Plan is against restrictions on junk food as priority is to ensure patients get enough energy

Prof Michael Barry has told a conference the pricing structures of pharmaceutical companies are unsustainable. Photograph: PA Wire

Health service could save €50m by using biosimilar medicines, says Michael Barry

VHI will provide wider access to cancer drugs, including Pembrolizumab, for stage three melanoma, and Pertuzumab (Perjeta) for patients with early stage breast cancer. Photograph: iStock

Move raises questions of equity between public and private patients

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Pharmaceutical giant MSD apologises after errors were noticed on transparency site

CPE  is highly antibiotic-resistant and can be lethal when it enters the bloodstream. Photograph: iStock

Number of cases increasing despite efforts to raise awareness in hospitals

Dr Cliona Murphy: “I thought I would see more women coming into the hospitals,” says the chairwoman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Photograph: Tom Honan

Those providing terminations since they become legal in January are keeping their heads down

Dr Salaheldin Ahmed. Delivering the Medical Council committee’s decision, chairman Joe O’Donovan encouraged Dr Ahmed to ‘remediate’ his suboptimal practice. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Medical Council says doctor’s conduct over his treatment of elderly patient was ‘suboptimal’

‘What is happening is wrong. I believe we have a collective moral obligation to put it right now,’ says Prof Chris Fitzpatrick. Above, the site of the national children’s hospital. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former master of Coombe will warn PAC of dangers of proceeding without co-location

The hospital building is about to rise before our eyes in the coming months. There is, really, no turning back. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

PwC report into cost overruns at National Children’s Hospital does not tell the full story

Minister for Health Simon Harris:  set to face intense questioning over  hospital cost at the Oireachtas health committee on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Key flaws were cost underestimation and failure to control overrun, PwC finds

University Hospital Limerick had the highest number of patients waiting for admission on Tuesday. File photograph: Frank Miller

TrolleyWatch count says 631 waiting for beds, with 55 at University Hospital Limerick

Some trends help to lower rates of cancer, such as  reduced smoking rates. “There are some grounds for optimism,” says Prof Kerri Clough-Gorr, director of the National Cancer Registry. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Report says rise could be contained to 50% if recent trends including screening continue

‘If Wexford needs 35 occupational therapists, then 40 additional therapists nationally is not going to make much of a difference.’ Photograph: iStock

Children have been on the list in Wexford for up to three years, says TD Mick Wallace

 Minister for Health, Simon Harris: A spokeswoman for Mr Harris said he would appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Health in the coming days. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Harris claims he was not informed of concerns over free tests by CervicalCheck director

Fianna Fáil TD Lisa Chambers: “Are you still writing out to people on the backlog to come in because you haven’t cross-checked who they are?” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Lisa Chambers criticises inviting of women for smear tests in context of looming delay

 Providing free dental care for adult medical-card holders and all children would cost €80m a year, according to an analysis. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

New analysis shows cost of Government policy for adult medical-card holders and children

Fianna Fáil TD Stephen  Donnelly told the Oireachtas health committee the information from Dr Grainne Flannelly suggested Minister for Health Simon Harris had misled the Dáil for a second time. Photograph: Eric Luke

Two-thirds of 80,000 backlog of tests due to decision to offer free out-of-cycle smears

At present, about 84,000 children are waiting for a public dental assessment. Almost 20,000 children are on the orthodontic waiting list, including almost 8,000 who have been waiting for over two years. File photograph: Getty

‘Packages of care’ to replace existing school-based services at primary level

Women are now having to wait up to 33 weeks for the results of their smear tests, as the delays in the CervicalCheck programme reach record levels. Image: iStock.

HSE says increased workload has led to ‘long and very regrettable delays’ in reporting of results

Minister for Health Simon Harris with brother Adam Harris of AsIAm who says ‘despite positive public sentiment, over 85 per cent of autistic people are under or unemployed’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

One in four people know of an autistic person among their friends, research reveals

Almost 20,000 children are on the orthodontic waiting list, including almost 8,000 who have been waiting for over two years. Photograph:  John Giles/PA

Waiting lists and patchy services testify to dire state of public dentistry for children

Some of the patients affected  may have to be recalled well over a decade after their orthodontic work was performed, the HSE has indicated. Photograph: iStock

Audit acts on allegations that children’s teeth were damaged by HSE orthodontic services

The Health Service Executive  says the €4.1 million provided for the National Maternity Strategy  this year is the “existing level of service funding” needed to pay for posts approved in previous years. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Money effectively going to abortion since January, says steering group member

Minister urged to explain why lab issuing smear test results faster to private patients

Marie Downey, who had epilepsy, was found dead on the floor of her room in Cork University Hospital. Her son, Darragh, was found underneath her and died the following day. Photograph: Facebook

Deaths of Marie and Darragh Downey sad reminder of care needed for some women

Marie Downey, who died in her room at CUMH. Her newborn, Darragh, died two days later. Photograph: Facebook

Reviews to explore if understaffing a factor in CUMH deaths of Marie Downey and her baby

Marie Downey, who died in her room at Cork University Maternity Hospital, with her newborn son beneath her, was known to have epilepsy. Photograph: Facebook

HSE guide suggests hospital staff should have post-natal care plan for women with epilepsy

Minister for Health Simon Harris with the head of the policy and strategy unit at the Department of Health Rhona Gaynor (left) and Sexual Assault Treatment Unit director Dr Maeve Eogan at the publication of a report on strengthening care for sexual assault victims. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Simon Harris launches review aimed at tackling rising levels of sexual violence

Almost 90 per cent of those surveyed described nutritional support and advice as very important or extremely important to them. Photograph: Getty Images

Survey shows major gaps between patients’ needs and service provided

Marie Downey who died  in Cork University Maternity Hospital. Her baby boy Darragh also died. Photograph: Facebook

Simon Harris says the deaths of Marie Downey and son Darragh ‘devastating’

Minister for Health Simon Harris is expected to announce  the appointment of additional forensic nurse and medical examiners for sexual assault units.

Minister for Health to announce additional €500,000 in funding for units

CervicalCheck expect results in two weeks. File photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Just 200 of 2,572 samples checked in seven weeks amid concerns over 30-day limit

The Irish College of GPs (ICGP) has agreed to “facilitate a debate” on termination of pregnancy at its annual general meeting in Dublin’s Convention Centre on May 4th. Photograph: iStock

Some doctors walked out of December EGM over refusal to allow votes on termination-related motions

Susan Mulligan (right) from Castlerea with    Mary Verbruggan from  Galway who underwent a living donor kidney transplant thanks to her donor brother Tom Gleeson (left). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Organ Donor Awareness Week kicks off with life-affirming stories of transplants

 Susan Mulligan, (2nd right) from Castlerea, Co Roscommon is undergoing dialysis treatment for two and a half years pictured with Mary Verbruggan from Oughterard in Galway who underwent a living donor kidney transplant thanks to her donor brother Tom Gleeson (left), pictured with Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill /The Irish Times

Half a dozen people a year referred to North for altruistic organ donation, says IKA

File photograph: The incident is being treated as a tragic accident, although the cause of the woman’s death is not yet known. Photograph: iStock

Woman discovered on the floor of her room in Cork hospital with her child underneath her

Christine Dingle: spent nine months waiting for an appointment and two years on the surgical waiting list before her cataract operation was performed. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Dedicated care teams could assess eyes and send public patients directly for fast surgery

A cervical cancer cell. The RCOG has been tasked with reviewing the screening history of women with cervical cancer and, in some cases, identifying the impact on their treatment.

Delay could affect women’s ability to take court cases where misreading of slides alleged

Dr Gabriel Scally’s report last year described the open disclosure policy in the health service as deeply contradictory and unsatisfactory. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Dr Gabriel Scally’s latest progress report notes ‘deeply flawed’ HSE policy still in place

Participants in the German study had been admitted to hospital following a diagnosis of major depression

German study establishes link between mistreatment and brain alterations

Tributes have been paid to 26-year-old Laura Brennan who died on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Uptake of HPV vaccine among teenage girls now at 70% due to advocate’s campaigning

Staying active in retirement and maintaining “hobbies, goals and roles” was also vital to the longevity of the centenarians  studied. Photograph: iStock

Centenarians attribute long life to friendships and interest in world around them

Located on the Dublin Road at Renmore, the current Galway Hospice facility is not fit for purpose and the search for a new site began in 2010. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Board warns of long delays in finding a new site as it says it will not seek a judicial review

‘She wanted to use the time that she had to right what she felt was a great wrong’

Dr Salaheldin Ahmed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Dr Salaheldin Ahmed denies failing to properly examine man during home visit

The Coombe began providing abortion services last month after calling for a delay in introducing the procedure. Photograph: Alan Betson

Outgoing head Sharon Sheehan was second woman to hold position of master in any hospital

An audit of smear tests showed health service professionals that Vicky Phelan had wrongly received the all-clear from cervical cancer, but she was not told about it. Her High Court case in 2018 brought attention the CervicalCheck controversy. Photograph: Tom Honan

Disclosure rules revision meant cancer patients had to be told of misinterpreted tests

The construction site of The National Children’s Hospital. Photograph: Tom Honan

John Pollock appeared genuinely embarrassed by the massive cost overrun

The Portlaoise Review Group found six members of staff had a case to answer in relation to the deaths at Portlaoise, according to informed sources. Photograph: Google Street View

Campaigner: ‘How quickly can you forget the deaths of healthy babies?’

John Pollock tendered his resignation as project director of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board on Tuesday after more than five years  in the post. Photograph: Ray Lohan

John Pollock’s is the fifth resignation from the long-delayed and controversial project

 Aoife McGivney (right) launches the Irish Heart Foundation’s free CPR training programme with Tim Collins, CEO of the charity. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

People will learn how to recognise cardiac arrest and strokes, and use defibrillator

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