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 of 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

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

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

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

Vicky Phelan from the CervicalCheck Patient Support Group and journalist Martina Fitzgerald at the National Women’s Council of Ireland’s FemFest conference in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Tom Honan

Loss of momentum in dealing with issues following Scally report and tribunal promise

Orla Church, who died on Saturday at the Mater Private hospital. Photograph: RTÉ Liveline Callback

Settlement of her case against the HSE and a US lab was due to be announced on Tuesday

Coombe wrote to woman: “As you are aware, your foetus has been diagnosed with a complex foetal anomaly.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Coombe says medics not of opinion foetus would die before or within 28 days of birth

About 2-3 per cent of pregnancies are complicated by congenital abnormalities, of which about 15 per cent are life-limiting or potentially so. Photograph: Getty

New guidelines on treatment of babies with fatal foetal anomalies published

While the Coombe hospital said it could not comment on individual cases, it said the board did not have an input into certification for terminations. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Two TDs tell Dáil a woman was denied abortion ‘despite consultants’ approval’

The Coombe Women and Infants hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

Level of service available for women living in Coombe’s catchment area not entirely clear

The Coombe is the only one of the three big Dublin maternity units that has not yet started taking referrals for women seeking abortions. File photograph: Barry Cronin

Guide to the law on abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality

Tom Costello, chairman of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board. Photograph: Ray Lohan/ The Irish Times

‘When the dust settles, we won’t have much change from €2bn’

Almost 4,000 incidents where equipment being used in the care of patients in Irish hospitals failed have been reported over a three-year period. File photograph: Getty Images

Patients’ group says new children’s hospital is ‘choking’ investment in other facilities

Minister for Health Simon Harris: his decision to introduce terminations of pregnancy on January 1st has all the hallmarks of an exercise in political box-ticking. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Bad preparation has left health professionals with little guidance, training and resources

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said  there were 392 patients in need of admission  waiting in emergency departments and 149 in wards on Monday. File image: Bryan O’Brien

Number of patients on trolleys on Monday rises to 541 as swine flu numbers rise

Dubliners are an average distance of just 5km from and ED, equivalent to about 10 minutes on the road. Photograph: Tom Honan

Carlow, Leitrim and Donegal are the worst-served counties, Eircode data shows

Amid the continuing controversy over an anti-abortion protest outside a GP clinic in Galway last week, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin said: “It’s up to the Government to provide ways in which the various rights of people are protected.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Law requires at least three days elapse between a consultation and a termination

Almost 200 babies a year suffer lack of oxygen to the brain during birth, resulting in death or disability Photograph: Photodisc

Birth-related injuries account for most €450 million paid out by HSE in compensation

Minister for Health Simon Harris disputed the Irish Hospital Consultants Association’s assessment, saying it was “inaccurate” to suggest the lower numbers of trolleys could be attributed to the curtailment of elective procedure. Photograph: James Forde

Efforts to cut trolley numbers and bed, doctor shortages impacting on ‘urgent cancer surgery’

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has urged caution about staging anti-abortion protests outside GP surgeries. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dr Diarmuid Martin speaks out amid continuing controversy over Galway picket

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Not a single GP in Sligo, Leitrim, Carlow and Offaly signs up to the new service

Anti-abortion protesters outside a GP surgery in Galway city on Thursday morning.

HSE warns websites are claiming to offer services using variation of official MyOptions site

If sold, the Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin  site could raise up to €37 million, according to a memo from Minister for Health Simon Harris.

Our Lady’s land bank could have ‘significant residual value’ after St James’s opens

Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger has criticised a decision by the Rotunda to accept abortion referrals only up to 11 weeks into a pregnancy.

HSE warns hospitals not to restrict services to women from their catchment area

Anti-abortion protesters outside a GP surgery in Galway city on Thursday morning.

Demonstration comes as HSE issues warning about pregnancy support websites

Hiqa published 49 inspection reports on public and private nursing homes, and found evidence of good practice and compliance with regulations and standards in 29 centres

Hiqa report uncovers issues with protection, record-keeping, staffing and infection control

The MyOptions helpline has been set up by the HSE as the main referral path for women seeking a termination.

Exact level of demand for abortion service will not be known for some weeks

The single biggest factor underlying the improvement in trolley figures is the later arrival of the flu this winter.

Emergency department overcrowding down by half on same day last year

The number of cases of the disease among young children has fallen from 46 in 2008 to just one in 2016. Photograph: Getty Images

Incidence of invasive pneumococcal diseases in under-5s falling since 2008 vaccine introduction

The HSE said there will be a shortfall of ultrasound facilities in the southeast, southwest, midwest and midlands regions. Photograph: iStock

HSE letter to State hospital groups highlights lack of abortion services

Runaway costs: the project aims to raise €150 million through philanthropy to help fund building the hospital

State may sell off the name of the flagship building

An artist’s impression of the exterior of the proposed new National Children’s Hospital at St James’s in Dublin

Harris considering sponsor opportunities for overall and sectional nomenclature at site

“The concern relates to not having an adult involved in the decision, not the termination of pregnancy.” Photograph: iStock

Access to services without parental consent to be had in ‘exceptional circumstances’

The construction cost of the new national children’s hospital, the State’s biggest construction project, will probably come close to €2 billion.

High levels of construction inflation resulting in bigger payments to main contractors

Projects that may be shelved include new laboratories and theatres at the Coombe hospital, and a €3.4m investment in paediatric and blood services.

Confidential memo from Simon Harris says final bill for the facility could be €1.73bn

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

Sources say 145 GPs have signed a contract to provide termination services to patients

Dr Caitriona Henchion, Irish Family Planning Association medical director: ‘Most important is the referral pathway.’ File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Referral pathway must be finalised by HSE before service can begin, says medical director

Minister for Health Simon Harris (centre) with Ministers of State Finian McGrath and Catherine Byrne at the publication of the   HSE national sevice plan for 2019. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times.

Reductions to be sought in legal and consultancy costs, procurements, agency staff

Áras an Uachtaráin said on Thursday that President Michael D Higgins had signed the Bill on abortion and it had become law. File photograph: Tom Honan

Development comes as Medical Council makes changes to its conduct and ethics code

National Maternity Hospital (NMH) at the St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) campus, shown in the graphic above.

Peter Boylan delighted there will be ‘no possibility of religious ethos influencing clinical care’

The vast majority of the State’s 19 maternity units have stated their preparedness to provide surgical abortion in the new year.

Service planners understood to be satisfied with GP uptake and geographical spread

Under the new service, GPs will provide medical abortions to women up to nine weeks gestation, while terminations between nine and 12 weeks will be carried out in hospitals.

Guidelines provide ‘suggestions’ for GPs who have a conscientious objection to abortion

Cranes tower above the National Children’s Hospital site, as viewed from the South Circular Road in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Long-awaited new facility not expected to be ready to open until August 2022

Common respiratory conditions account for one-in-five deaths, and one-in-five emergency hospitalisations, in Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

Respiratory deaths in Ireland 40% above EU average – accounting for one-in-five fatalities

Minister for Health Simon Harris told the group developing the new hospital it must make every effort to mitigate the increased cost. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Cabinet to review capital budgets in Government departments as hospital costs rise

The  site  of the  National Children’s Hospital viewed from the South Circular Road, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Government stonewalls: Taxpayers so far given no explanation for massive cost overrun

Mercy University Hospital has since increased screening and surveillance of CPE.

Hiqa report notes insufficient infection prevention and control resources

Coombe master Dr Sharon Sheehan  has cited issues including the absence of finalised clinical guidelines, models of care and legislation, as well as staff training and resources, for a delay implementing new legislation. Photograph: Alan Betson

GPs express concern over ultrasound access and referral of women to hospitals

James Menton, chairman of St Vincent’s University Hospital,  Minister for Health Simon Harris and Master of the National Maternity Hospital  Dr Rhona Mahony: new EU building rules could force the project to be redesigned, escalating the cost and threatening its future. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

St Vincent’s site may fall foul of EU building rules after saga of politics, finance and ethos

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