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

UHL had 76 patients waiting for admission this morning as new facilities are delayed

Low levels of work-life balance and high levels of stress were apparent among doctors of all grades. Photograph: Getty Images

Just one in five say work situation leaves them enough time for family or personal life

Just 29 per cent of service users said they had a good experience of HSE mental health services overall. Illustration: iStock

Survey shows unhappiness with services, focus on medication and complaints process

Dr Gabriel Scally, who last June recommended that women affected be given an interim ex-gratia payment of €2,000 each. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Women affected by non-disclosure of audit expected to get about €25,000 each

Any patient waiting more than six months for some common procedures is to be offered treatment this year, under a new plan from Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Getty Images

The measure is part of a new plan to tackle waiting lists in the health sector

Infection with Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is implicated in a number of cancers, including cervical, vaginal, anal and penile cancer, as well as anogenital warts. File photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

HSE’s immunisation chief says ‘eliminating cervical cancer is now an achievable goal’

Passengers forced to sleep overnight in Dublin Airport on Sunday. Photograph: Paul Cullen

Amid long delays, passengers are kept in the dark and given a €5 voucher, with no food to spend it on

It is unclear whether the recent life-expectancy slowdown is a long-term trend or not. Photograph: Frank Miller

Extreme flu, obesity and diabetes among reasons advances into old age stall

The Rotunda Hospital. Photograph: David Sleator

Patient’s life must take precedence over ethos in emergencies, says report

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 on Thursday. Photograph: Paul Cullen

Coveney asks TDs not to treat HSE as a ‘cold body’ that does not want to approve Spinraza access

Leo Varadkar said there was no  campaign from the Government to remove cribs,  crucifixes or statues.

Varadkar: publicly-funded hospitals need to recognise not everyone is Catholic

Ireland has one of the highest rates of oesophageal cancer in Europe, with a 25 per cent increase in cases over the past 20 years and 450 new diagnoses a year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

More than 5,000 patients registered on Ireland’s first registry for Barrett’s Oesophagus

The staff of Reilly’s Daybreak in Naul, Co Dublin, celebrate selling a €175 million EuroMillions  winning ticket. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Two-thirds of us gamble, while four in 10 people are regular gamblers, study shows

Pregnant women who hide their smoking habit miss out on vital monitoring of their pregnancy and end up having more problems as a result, according to the study of women attending the Coombe hospital in Dublin. File photograph: Getty Images

Women who hide habit miss out on vital monitoring and have more issues, study shows

Cavan-based GP denies alleged failings while attending elderly patient in April 2017

Hiqa said cleaning and monitoring did not meet the required standards at CUH.

Control practices criticised by health watchdog after CPE outbreak hits 17 patients

Among the concerns for Britain’s health service raised in the Lancet study are recruitment and retention after the UK’s EU departure.

Lancet flags impact on staff, financing, availability of medicines and vaccines

A Medical Council disciplinary hearing has heard that two of the doctors attending a hearing are admitting charges of poor professional performance while the third is not present at the inquiry. Photograph: David Sleator

All three were involved in care of man (52) who died days after being admitted with chest pains

Shortsightedness has long been associated with reading and other close-range tasks, often performed indoors.  Photograph: David Sleator

Research shows obese children, and those with sedentary lifestyles, three time more prone to myopia

Joseph Hornick  at home in Taghmon, Co Wexford, whose daughter Amber (11) was diagnosed with a severe spinal curve in October 2018.  ‘We were told her case was urgent and she was in the frame for surgery, but we could get no response.’ Photograph: Patrick Browne

Some parents of children with spinal curvature are paying more than €200 for a private appointment

Vicky Phelan sys she has not retired from her campaigning role, but is taking step back. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Vicky Phelan is to pull back from campaigning after prolonged stay in hospital

Minister for Health Simon Harris ordered the HSE to investigate, describing as “extraordinarily concerning and disturbing” the thought that “anyone’s patient details could be leaked”. Photograph: Tom Honan

Hospital says an audit trail is created so any abortion data breach could be traced

The Bill also addresses issues relating to professional qualifications that are likely to arise after Brexit. Photograph: Frank Miller

Inquiries in other jurisdictions to be admissible in fitness-to-practise cases – new Bill

The study is based on switching to a vaccine for girls that protects against nine strains of HPV;  the vaccine currently used in Ireland protects against only four strains. Photograph: iStock

Lancet study: Increasing vaccinations and HPV testing could prevent almost 2,500 cases

 Ruth Coppinger  alleged ‘conservative Catholic control of hospitals and a very narrow law with criminalisation are having a chilling effect and forcing such women to travel abroad’.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ruth Coppinger says woman carrying baby with Edwards Syndrome treated like a ‘leper’

Sixty-nine patients were waiting for admission to the hospital on Tuesday

INMO: 512 patients on trolleys or wards waiting for a bed nationally on Tuesday

Minister for Health Simon Harris: ‘There is, of course, still work to be done to improve services.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

Pro-choice groups write open letter expressing fear that people are being left behind

 Minister for Health Simon Harris advised of the report’s finding that “this risk always sat with the funder”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Same costs would have arisen even without Bam as contractor, review claims

The backlog arises from a decision by Minister for Health Simon Harris last year to offer free out-of-cycle tests to women in the wake of the controversy over CervicalCheck. Photograph: Tom Honan / The Irish Times

Massive backlog means women have to wait up to 27 weeks for results

The Mater said it was “welcoming of all religions and none” among staff and patients. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Mater’s mission policy urges staff to take part in ‘the healing ministry of Christ’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: It is not expected he will reply to Bam chief executive Theo Cullinane’s letter. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Hospital contractor’s letter and tight deadline understood to have irked Government

A child gets the MMR vaccine. There are currently several mumps outbreaks in Ireland. File photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Current outbreaks of mumps and measles may be partially due to vaccination controversies

The number of patients waiting over nine months for a hospital appointment has soared – up more than 12,000 to 208,757. Photograph: ThinkStock

Trolley crisis and nurses’ strike lead to big increase in inpatient and outpatient delays

Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

HSE had claimed Hickeys pharmacy group was overcharging for fees

A consultant analysing a mammogram. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Charity says more than €2.3m will be invested in 100 researchers across State this year

The GAA made  helmet wearing in hurling mandatory in 2010, leading to a significant reduction in injuries treated by hospital emergency departments. Photograph: Billy Stickland/©INPHO

Piercing of club player’s hand with metal bar from opponent’s helmet triggers safety alert

The research followed up 171 Irish people 20 years after they had presented to the Cluain Mhuire mental health service and St John of God Hospital in Dublin in the 1990s. Photograph: iStock

Study finds long-term outcomes for psychosis may be better than previously thought

To date, 1,672 confirmed cases of flu have been reported, and 88 people have been admitted to critical care. File photograph: Alan Betson

Most of the deaths reported this winter have been among those aged 65 and older

Minister for Health first promised to introduce HPV testing last autumn. Photograph: Tom Honan

Introduction of HPV test delayed as more than 80,000 women wait for results

HSE interim director general Anne O’Connor is unable to give a date for the introduction of the new testing service. Photograph: Alan Betson

HPV testing unlikely to be introduced this year, HSE officials tell Oireachtas committee

Emergency departments were busy on Tuesday, with 550 patients waiting for admission to a hospital bed in the morning. Photograph: Alan Betson

Patients with procedures cancelled over strike may wait days for rescheduled dates

The HSE owns the site and would also own the building, which it would lease to the charity to run

Family accommodation block likely to be downsized as State faces extra €10m-plus bill

The nurses have received wide   support in their demand for increased pay. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Cancellation of three days of strike action comes after Labour Court issues proposals

Nurses and midwives preparing to march from Parnell Square to Merrion Square in Dublin for last Saturday’s city centre protest. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘I have seen first-hand their care and kindness and incredible hard work’

Nurses and members of the INMO on the picket line at James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

A move to enhanced scale involves a salary increase of €2,439 for some nurses

Construction inflation for a brownfield city-centre site – such as at St James’s – ran at 12 per cent last year and in 2017, according to a report by Linesight.

Construction inflation on brownfield city-centre sites higher than on greenfield sites

From Saturday, all prescription medicines must carry a barcode. Photograph: iStock

Pharmacies must check medicine authenticity before dispensing as part of directive

Dr Gabriel Scally:  ‘The media need to back off and stop the sensationalist and inaccurate stuff.’  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

In hard-hitting speech Dr Gabriel Scally says controversy created ‘fevered atmosphere’

 Nurses and members of the INMO  on the picket line at James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Thousands of operations planned for non-strike days have also been cancelled

Ciarán Devane, the new chairman of the Health Service Executive. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

Ciarán Devane says priority for spending has to shift away from hospitals to community

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he would bring a memo next week on procurement and on allocations for the Government’s capital plan. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Concerns raised at Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting at overspend on the new hospital

Minister for Health Simon Harris (front right) pictured in December 2017 at the signing of documents for the European Investment Bank loan to cover the cost of the national children’s hospital. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister questioned about rising price of project as cost overruns come under scrutiny

There are 26 major trauma centres in Ireland, but no one hospital has all necessary trauma services on site, says the report

Delays, interruptions and lack of services in trauma care causing deaths, research finds

The Coombe Hospital in Dublin is one of  nine of the State’s 19 maternity hospitals to offer abortion services so far. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Referrals only being accepted from Kildare, west Wicklow and parts of Dublin

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

From first proposal in 1993 to present day controversy over escalating costs

Minister for Health  Simon Harris, Andrew Mc Dowell EIB vice-president, Werner Hoyer EIB president, Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at the signing of documents for the loan for the  children’s hospital in 2017. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Hospital board member Paul Quinn appointed in personal capacity, Harris says

Prof Chris Fitzpatrick at the Coombe hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

National children’s hospital switched from Coombe to St James’s campus

 A view of the construction site of the national children’s hospital. Photograph: Tom Honan

Personal culpability would slow PwC inquiry into national children’s hospital – barrister

 Phil Ní Sheaghdha (centre), INMO general secretary,  with Catherine Sheridan and Eilish Fitzgerald at the union’s  executive meeting on February 2nd. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Varadkar says Government does not intend to withhold payments due to nurses under public sector pay agreements

Artist’s impressions  of proposed new National Children’s Hospital at St James Hospital campus.

Taoiseach yields to concerns around oversight layers and acceptance of responsibility

The HSE report found that almost half of the 221 group were women in their thirties, while 30 per cent were in their forties. Photograph: iStock

Of the 221 women affected, some 178 have no evidence of disease, HSE report finds

Nurses pictured on the picket line outside St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin on Wednesday as part of a dispute over pay. Photograph: Collins

Almost 40,000 members of the nurses union plan to strike on Tuesday and Thursday

Leo Varadkar said talk of the project eventually costing over €2 billion was misleading. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times/File

Taoiseach says public right to be angry over cost but ‘no one will regret it when it’s built’

Minister for Health Simon Harris, centre, with Eilish Hardiman, group chief executive of the children’s hospital, and project director John Pollock. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The cost of the national children’s hospital is now €1.433bn. Here’s why

Mary Jones says the radiation emissions are ‘very low’ as the machine uses new digital technology.

‘If we can send men to the moon why can’t we take an X-ray machine to the nursing home’

Nurses on the picket line at James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown, on Wednesday. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Prominent doctors line up to support fellow health professionals but wary note also sounded

Previous studies have suggested eating breakfast is linked with maintaining a healthy weight, but these findings were observational and possibly reflect an individual’s wider healthy lifestyle. Photograph: iStock

Skipping breakfast does not automatically result in weight gain, according to new findings

Demand for prescriptions for inhalers and blood pressure drugs had increased, while patients on biologic medicines were concerned over supplies in pharmacies, the committee heard.

Departure of UK from EU may result in ‘rationalisation’ of Irish medicine supplies

 Phil Ní Sheaghdha (centre), general secretary of the INMO, speaks to the media outside Dublin’s Connolly hospital during the nurses strike. Ms Ní Sheaghdha said nurses have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the public support Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

INMO reject Government claims that meeting demands will cost €300 million

Minister for Health Simon Harris has promised to “hold feet to the coals” in relation to the “massive” and “colossal” overrun in the cost of building the new national children’s hospital. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

‘It’s a mess,’ admits Department of Health head as scaled-down project ruled out

Angela Fitzgerald, national director acute hospitals; Dr Colm Henry chief clinical officer; Liam Woods, interim deputy general operations and Bernard Gloster, chief officer for the midwest, during a HSE briefing in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

All emergency departments will open but delays expected due to reduced staff numbers

BAM Contractors, the firm building the hospital, submitted a tender price of €432 million in 2017 but this grew to €556 million last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Department of Health says an underestimate of material added €115m to cost of project

“A reference diet needs to be linked to the culture and traditions of a country, and take account of where food is grown so you don’t end up with high food miles.” Photograph: iStock

Important ‘not to throw the baby out with the bathwater’ regarding meat and potatoes

Just 40 beds of the 75 promised this winter have been delivered

Hospitals in Dublin, Cork, Waterford and Galway still to receive new beds

Minister for Health Simon Harris: “I knew there was a potential issue, but I did not know there were 6,000 women waiting to be retested.”

‘Fear and anxiety injected into women and families of Ireland again,’ support group says

The South East Broken Hearts rally last weekend in support of a round-the-clock cardiac service at University Hospital Waterford. Photograph: Noel Browne

Campaigners in Waterford recruit local firms in effort to secure 24/7 cardiac service

Vicky  Phelan initially funded her own treatment with Pembro and then had it funded by the State.  Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Decision ends inequity whereby access was restricted to CervicalCheck patients

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the offer of free smear tests ended in December. File photograph: Getty Images

Fianna Fáil leader claims Harris offered rechecks against expert advice

Work is continuing on the National Children’s Hospital. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Cost of St James’s project, now expected to be €1.7bn, was originally set at €600m

   Department  of Public Expenditure and Reform secretary general Robert Watt: declined to appear before committee.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Oireachtas health committee says it is disappointed at non-appearance of Robert Watt

Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure, has declined to attend an Oireachtas committee meeting  to answer questions on the hospital overspend.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

PAC to hear €50m of overrun for St James’s site to come from health budget this year

There has been no movement in the waiting list for the past 11 months. Photograph: iStock

298 children on Dublin southwest waiting list for speech and occupational therapists

Two patient advocates and former Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay are among eight people appointed to the board of the HSE. Photograph: Sara Freund / The Irish Times

Law professor Prof Deirdre Madden and Tim Hynes of AIB among others to be appointed

A multidisciplinary team was constituted at the Coombe hospital in Dublin earlier this month to consider the case of a patient whose foetus had been diagnosed with a foetal anomaly. File photograph: Getty Images

Guidelines indicate foetal medicine specialist should be involved once a diagnosis is made

Orla Church was tested under CervicalCheck in 2011 and 2014 and both smears came back clear.   Eventually, she was diagnosed with cancer in May 2016. Photograph: RTÉ/Liveline Callback

Memory of the latest of the women in CervicalCheck controversy to die would be honoured

The Government agreed to reimburse Recomb in 2017 after a sustained campaign by cystic fibrosis patients. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Orkambi will be provided to Irish two to five-year-olds following deal with EU Commission

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