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

The homepage of the transferofvalue.ie web site.

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

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

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