Nurses who opted to work beyond 65 were exempt from these arrangements under a separate agreement with the Government.

Siptu claims staff could lose increments if re-hired on new fixed-term contracts

South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel: almost one-third of consultant staff there were not on the specialist register.

Hospitals are relying on non-specialists as consultants. What of the patients?

An artist’s impression of the proposed new national paediatric hospital.

Extra 2,600 hospital beds to be provided over 10-year period to 2027, according to plan

Psychiatiric nurses have voted for industrial action at University Hospital Waterford

Union says overcrowding and staff shortages ‘compromising patient care and staff safety’

Computer-generated image of what Metro North  could look like.

Taoiseach outlines parts of the new development strategy for Ireland up to 2040

The 2,600 additional hospital beds which were recently recommended in the Government’s bed capacity review will all be provided under the new capital plan

‘Project Ireland – 2040’ plan to be announced after Cabinet meeting in Sligo

Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall. Photograph: Collins/File

Sláintecare proposals: Move would offset loss of nearly €650m in annual income, says TD

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has ruled out the provision of special allowances to public service staff in Dublin. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Paschal Donohoe rules out special grant for workers to offset higher costs in the capital

The underground element of the Metro North route was cut back in 2015 by then minister for transport Paschal Donohoe on cost grounds. File photograph: Alan Betson

More of 17km track could be underground under revised proposals for airport rail link

Trade union Fórsa attributed the recruitment problem to pay rates for cleaners in the public service, which were no longer competitive compared to those available in the private sector

Union says few applicants for posts in Department of Taoiseach and Garda Síochána

 Minister for Health Simon Harris: has said patients should be informed by the HSE if consultants providing them care in public hospitals did not have specialist training and were not on the register of specialists.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Concern over 70-plus doctors in consultant posts who are not on register of specialists

Last year the Government appointed a group chaired by Dr Donal de Buitléir to conduct an independent review of removing private practice from public hospitals. Photograph: Getty Images

IHCA claims removing private patients from public hospitals will cost €800m per year in lost income

There are delays of up to 30 minutes on DART services this morning after a truck hit a bridge at Clontarf.  Train drivers overwhelmingly rejected a deal last month which would have seen them receive a 1.15 per cent pay rise for past productivity in return for co-operation in mentoring about 30 new drivers.

Industrial dispute centres on a row over pay and mentoring of new drivers

Simon Harris told the Dáil on Thursday the HSE provided about €800 million in funding to over 2,200 Section 39 agencies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Siptu says new process will see pay restored for ‘Section 39’ staff on phased basis

 Heuston Train Station in  Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Drivers reject deal that would see them receive 1.15% pay rise for past productivity

Independent Alliance TD Sean Canney: has raised his concerns with the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, on the exclusion of the Western Rail Corridor from the investment plan.  Photograph: Alan Betson

National Development Plan will not include extension to Western Rail Corridor

The Government’s National Development Plan will commit to a new acute hospital in Cork. File photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

‘Irish Times’ learns the Western Rail Corridor will not be extended in the scheme

Minister for Health Simon Harris said there was not a State agency in the country that did not look for more money than the Government could provide. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister responds to HSE chief’s warnings of a potential €880m shortfall for the executive

HSE director general Tony O’Brien said while people working in the health services were entitled to have views, they could not use the corporate identity to advance any position. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Committee hears of HSE staff member using official paper to correspond on issue

A conference heard that demographic pressures meant the country was facing into stormy weather in relation to pension provision. Photograph: iStock

Demographic pressures will put pressure on pension provision, conference told

Discussions about the so-called “gig economy” are usually in the context of large firms such as Deliveroo, Uber and Airbnb. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

About 200,000 people are working in non-permanent jobs in Ireland, study finds

A train at  Heuston Station, Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Union accuses Irish Rail of ‘unprecedented attack’ on industrial relations

Minister for Health Simon Harris: is unhappy at poor budgeting in the HSE and at a submission  by chief executive Tony O’Brien which set out the risks as he saw them. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Questions remain over HSE presentation of spending plans in context of its certain deficit

HSE director-general Tony O’Brien. The Department of Health claimed Mr O’Brien was ‘overly focused on a transition fund’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Department of Health criticised the health body’s ‘negativity’ over the strategy

The IMO has said individual GPs could not and should not be obliged to provide an abortion service.   Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

IMO says family doctors will want provision to opt out on conscience grounds

Minister for Health Simon Harris: Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher says he  “must stop obfuscating and accept that it will be next to impossible to meet existing commitments based on Budget 2018 allocations”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Billy Kelleher says Varadkar and Harris using ‘slights of hand’ to hide HSE funding gaps

Tony O’Brien, director general of the HSE, with Minister for Health Simon Harris at the announcement of the HSE National Service Plan 2018 in December. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister says health authority’s plan for the year must be based on designated funding

The INMO said the latest figures marked a 128 per cent increase on the numbers recorded in 2007. Photograph: iStock

INMO says more than 12,000 patients were on trolleys awaiting a hospital bed last month

Mr Harris said he was determined “to rectify deficits in trauma care.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Ministers objecting to new plan to centralise hospital trauma services

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris: Mr Harris says studies show severely injured patients are 15-25 per cent less likely to die if admitted to a major trauma centre. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Creation of trauma networks in €57m reform criticised by Naughten and Ring

At least two Government Ministers are unhappy with Department of Health plans to streamline trauma care services. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Denis Naughten says plan should be put on hold pending air ambulance improvements

Labour TD  Chair Alan Kelly said the department’s refusal to attend the hearing was unacceptable. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Department criticised for not attending committee hearing on health workers’ pay restoration

 The  Department of Health/HSE submission said: “The Minister for Health has asked the HSE to take forward, as a matter of urgency, an evidence gathering exercise with section 39 organisations to establish the factual position regarding pay reductions and pay restoration. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

HSE brings forward review of pay policy in voluntary agencies

The new figures represent one of the highest levels of hospital overcrowding recorded so far. Photograph: Frank Miller.

There are 14 children on trolleys, says INMO

Thousands of Siptu members in State-funded organisations providing health and social care are to stage a one-day strike on February 14th in a dispute over pay restoration. Photograph: Jimmy Weldon.

Industrial action over pay to begin at a host of State-funded bodies on February 14th

HSE shines light on itself in internal assessment for Government

HSE director general Tony O’Brien and Minister for Health Simon Harris. Mr O’Brien advised the Minister  at the end of November that there were already doubts that new value or money savings targets of €346m would be realised in full. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Simon Harris told of doubts about realising targets for health budget savings

The HSE has  warned it could face major problems in paying tens of thousands of healthcare staff from next year as a result of an obsolete payroll system. Photograph: Getty Images

Government warned accident or terrorist attack could cause ‘mass casualties’

HSE director-general  Tony O’Brien (left) and Minister for Health Simon Harris announce the HSE’s National Service Plan for 2018. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Director-general Tony O’Brien had doubts that value savings of €346m could be made

Siptu health division organiser Paul Bell. File Photograph: Eric Luke

Opposition back calls for pay restoration for workers in Section 39 organisations

“A scourge for us is bogus self-employment and we are going to tackle that full on,” said the new Connect union. Photograph: iStock

Connect union launches with 45,000 members from construction and electrical sectors

There were more than 550 people on trolleys in emergency departments or on wards awaiting admission to a hospital bed on Wednesday, nurses have said.

Nurses say 53 people deemed by doctors to need admission on trolleys or wards in CUH

Senor gardaí will not receive pay rises which came into effect from this month as they have not signed up to the new public service agreement, the Department of Justice has said. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Associations did not sign up to new public pay deal by deadline of January 1st

The strategy is likely to again raised concerns among activists in the midlands regarding the future role of the regional hospital in Portlaoise (above) where campaigners have been opposed to any downgrading of existing 24/7 emergency services. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

New strategy for Dublin Midlands Hospital Group likely to raise concerns among campaigners for Portlaoise Hospital

Medical card

Applicants can submit all supporting documents digitally

News of the deep levels of concern about Garda overtime comes after it emerged that funding for some of the Garda’s armed units was at risk. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Department of Public Expenditure believes overspend reached €1m per week at end 2017

Midland Regional Hospital: The deaths of five babies in Portlaoise were reported in 2014 and scores of women have come forward with stories of adverse events in the maternity unit.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Investigation into infant fatalities at Portlaoise hospital was announced in 2015

Trainer Aidan O’Brien during early morning exercises for two-year-old colts at Ballydoyle

Yard of top trainer Aidan O’Brien claimed grooms and riders were engaged in agricultural activities

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the out-patient waiting list remained ‘a big challenge that needs to be addressed’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Waiting list figures rising as Minister for Health criticised for ‘failing’ to deal with crisis

Train drivers overwhelmingly rejected a deal earlier this week which would have seen them receive a special 1.15 per cent pay rise for past productivity. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Rail operator to make training new drivers compulsory in return for pay rise

The level of overcrowding in hospitals across the country has eased with 473 people on trolleys. Photograph: iStock

Numbers of patients on hospital trolleys eases back to 473, say nurses

Health Committee Chair Roisin Shortall with committee members during the launch of the Future of Healthcare Sláintecare report.

Role likely to involve salary package between €147,000 and €171,000

HSE chief executive Tony O’Brien said they could not simply go to Bargaintown and buy additional beds. Photograph: Emma Jervis/Press 22

Body says new building would be needed to absorb the necessary additional capacity

 Irish Rail said that non-cooperation by existing staff with the training of new drivers was preventing the introduction of a planned ten-minute frequency DART service and the expansion of other services.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Opposition linked to unhappiness over €500 voucher for Dunnes Stores

 INMO figures suggest  number of people on trolleys is down from the record levels of 677 reached last week.

551 people currently on trolleys waiting for admission to hospital bed, says INMO

Dr Kevin Kelleher  said samples from GPs in the community showed the B virus was accounting for 60%  of flu cases, while in hospitals and intensive care units it was accounting for 50% of cases

Number of people on trolleys increases to 575 on Tuesday

In Dublin the largest number waiting for a bed was 37 at St Vincent’s University Hospital in south Dublin.

Nurses say 46 patients waiting for a bed at Cork University Hospital

The more things change: a protest against the state of the health service in 2006. Photograph: Frank Miller

The main recommendations of two previous reports were never implemented in full

Irish Pharmacy Union: its proposal would “alleviate pressure on overworked GPs”. Photograph: Bloomberg

Proposal comes as doctors object to plan to stop paying overtime to hospital interns

The review recommends that a number of hospitals should be established to deal exclusively with elective or non-urgent cases. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Capacity study says up to 2,500 additional beds required if reformed health system implemented

The INMO said there were 483 patients awaiting admission to a hospital bed on trolleys  on Friday, down from nearly 600 on Thursday, and a record  677 on Wednesday

Doctors accuse Taoiseach of ‘shocking ignorance’ about the health service

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  “This is the third year in a row that we’ve had more resources, a bigger budget, more staff, more beds, more home care, and despite all that we haven’t seen an improvement.” Photograph: Tibor Illyes/AP)

Extra beds, homecare, staff and money made little difference says Taoiseach

592 people on trolleys as HSE confirms fewer than 10 deaths from flu this winter season

Even if several hundred additional acute hospital beds could be conjured up next week, the problem of securing sufficient staff to operate them would remain. Photograph: Alan Betson

Department of Health estimates each additional bed will cost €325,000

The Irish Medical Organisation  said the country’s hospitals were effectively running an emergency service only on a year-round basis, with elective procedures now down to a trickle.  Photograph: Getty images

Minister for Health Simon Harris says he will back HSE in tackling the overcrowding crisis

The National Bus and Rail Union said Iarnród Éireann staff were unhappy their voucher could only be used at one retailer. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish Rail drivers will reject pay offer for past productivity, according to unions

The number of people on trolleys and wards awaiting a bed in an Irish hospital has risen again to a new high of 677.

INMO says staff face ‘intolerable’ conditions and patients in ‘inhumane’ situations

Irish Rail sponsorship was criticised in light of deferred  maintenance of tracks due to a lack of resources and fact workers had not had a pay rise for 10 years.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Frank Allen would prefer not to defend sum spent due to firm’s stated lack of resources

University Hospital Limerick recorded the highest annual number of patients on trolleys at 8,869. File photograph: Emma Jervis/Press 22

INMO warns of potential post-Christmas surge of patients in emergency departments

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he did not rule out permitting doctors to work in privately-owned facilities despite Sláintecare calling for a separation of private practice and public hospitals. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister rejects ‘unrealistic’ criticism of delays in implementing healthcare reforms

Simon Harris:  “The Government’s view is that €55 or €60 to bring your child to see the doctor is too expensive.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister says it is ‘silly’ to say there are not recruitment difficulties in our health service

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: said in his Budget speech last October that increased exchequer funding would allow for 1,800 additional staff to be recruited. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

HSE says it is too early to say how many additional staff will be recruited in 2018

Many of 25 recommendations on improving graduate retention in the public health system have not been implemented

In February 2018, former national director of HSE clinical programmes Barry White will take up a role with VHI to scope out a new model of care.

VHI interest in purchasing private hospitals signals a shift in commercial strategy

Siptu health division organiser Paul Bell: warned of threat to services. Photograph: Eric Luke

Siptu warns services will be disrupted if ballot for industrial action is passed

Minister for Health Simon Harris said VHI wanted to ensure it remained a commercial semi-State body on a sustainable basis into the future. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health says he would ‘need to think long and hard’ about any initiative

The HSE has forecast it will face a €346 million shortfall next year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Value improvement programme sounds suspiciously like savings targets

Tony O’Brien, Director General of the HSE with  Minister for Health Simon Harris  at the announcement of details of the HSE National Service Plan 2018. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

HSE’s latest service plan warns of financial challenges in 2018

File image of a CT scan on a screen.

Analysis of radiography department calls for increase in staffing levels

The Beacon Hospital, Sandyford: VHI  approached its owners a few months ago about a possible purchase.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

State-owned insurer understood to be looking to buy St Vincent’s after Beacon bid failed

More than 46,000 scans related to some 27,000 patients of University Hospital Kerry are being re-examined. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

HSE report finds radiologists carried out all ultrasound referrals by GPs after 5pm

In 2011 the then Minister for Health James Reilly pledged that there would never again be 567 patients on trolleys on a single day. File photograph: Frank Miller

Cork University Hospital among worst affected with 54 patients waiting

 Simon Harris: he will bring the HSE service plan for 2018  before Cabinet

Cabinet to consider health authority’s spending plan for 2018

The Irish Times reported last summer that a number of doctors working as consultants in public hospitals did not hold specialist qualifications. Photograph: Getty Images

What determines a ‘fit and proper’ doctor will be part of new healthcare licensing system

The Irish Medical Organisation  said the Government’s plan could not go ahead without negotiations and the provision of adequate resources for general practice. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Scheme will not deliver cards before next summer and will require new legislation

 Ryanair aircraft at   Rome’s Ciampino airport. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Airline says in surprise move it will recognise trade unions in bid to head off strike action


Additional compensation to be pursued for escalating costs of housing and childcare

The Department of Health said all people in receipt of carer’s allowance were to receive a GP visit card, but the National Association of General Practitioners  said the  announcement was “a populist move to win votes”. File photograph: Getty Images

Harris criticised by doctors over plan after acknowledging existing capacity shortage

Medical bodies tell Oireachtas most doctors exceeed their contractual hours

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe said it was very important that the right candidate was secured to carry out the job of Garda commissioner. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ministers told pay of up to €250,000, allowance for accommodation may be required

Minister for Health Simon Harris: says it is recognised the delivery of healthcare is an “inherently risky activity” and it is inevitable things may go wrong on occasion.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Licensing system for hospitals proposed by Simon Harris

Minister for Health Simon Harris with Rachel Flynn of Hiqa: the National Patient Experience Survey 2017 found most patients rated their stay in hospital to be good or very good.  Photograph: Julien Behal

Taoiseach says two fewer outpatients per GP per week would free up hospital capacity

There were 497,721 people on the out-patient waiting list nationally at the end of November. Photograph: PA Wire

Number of people waiting for consultant appointment rises by another 3,000

Trains sit idle on the platforms at Heuston Station, Dublin last month  during a  second one-day strike by Irish Rail train drivers over pay and conditions. Photograph: PA

Train staff set for pay rises of 2.5% for 3 years and €500 tax-free voucher to resolve strike

21.4 per cent of female non-consultant hospital doctors and 11.5 per cent of male non-consultant hospital doctors report that they had experienced sexual harassment in the previous two years. Photograph: Getty

IMO says bullying, sexual harrassment are common features of Irish medical practice

The  IMO maintained that nearly one third of women non-consultant hospital doctors reported being bullied on the basis of their gender. File photograph: iStock

Workplace bullying common in medical practice, says Irish Medical Organisation

The Department of Health said  it was essential  it was in a position to attract candidates of calibre for what would be a considerable health reform programme. Photograph: Getty Images

Department of Health sought €24,000 performance bonus for new post

The Minister for Employment and Social Protection Regina Doherty said the new legislation would significantly improve the employment protections for people  in less secure arrangements. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister says Government will strengthen rights for workers on insecure contracts

The Department of Health has proposed a five-year contract as part of the recruitment process for the person appointed to implement the Sláintecare health reform plan.

Department recommends salary package of up to €171,000 for Sláintecare lead role

Siptu’s Paul Bell said  the failure of the Government to commit to a process to restore the pay of Section 39 organisation workers in line with HSE staff and others providing the same services was  unacceptable. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dispute arises from not getting pay cut restorations given to direct State employees

More articles