It is understood that lawyers acting on behalf of the HSE wrote to the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) last week warning it would seek an injunction.

Row over refusal of HSE to facilitate payroll deductions at source of dues for new union members

“The Minister has requested Ervia to prepare a plan for separation which ensures that momentum is not lost.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Union Fórsa says decision to make body commercial raises fears about privatisation

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe  warned that health spending would have to be controlled. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Spending review advises reducing legal aid payments and garda overtime rates

Patients are not seeing the full benefit of major financial investments in hospital services over recent years, a review carried out by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has suggested.

Expenditure review states that spending is rising while waiting list numbers ‘stagnate’

Review maintains that 82% of all nurses and midwives are on basic salaries in excess of €40,000, exclusive of allowances or premium payments. Photograph: The Irish Times

Evidence implies nursing and midwifery pay in public health system ‘high comparatively’

The review  says that HSE estimates on expenditure on agency staff have been “consistently out of line” with actual spending. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Donohoe says Government will broadly balance its books this year

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said the country’s public finances were in good health. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Minister says as much focus should go on €62bn spent annually as on scope for expenditure rises

Warning to Cabinet: Minister for Business Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fears that industrial relations bodies could otherwise be swamped by Garda complaints

Any increase in the national minimum wage on foot of the new recommendation could benefit up to 120,000 workers. File photograph: Getty Images

Low Pay Commission expected to recommend 25c rise in report set for Minister

Health Service Executive: Auditors examined the files of 74 personnel and discovered overpayments in 24 cases. Photographer Brenda Fitzsimons

Auditors criticise process of placing staff in acting-up roles and regularisation methods

A patient undergoing intensity modulated radio therapy (IMRT) at St Luke’s Hospital.

HSE internal report says medical education grants were not always value for money

Sláintecare aims to  restructure the health service from a current mix of public and private care into “an affordable, universal, single-tier healthcare system, in which patients are treated promptly on the basis of need rather than ability to pay”. Photograph: Getty Images

Growing concerns that the HSE deficit could be over €500m for the full year

 File Photograph: Alan Betson

Varadkar believes people entitled to expect a better service says spokeswoman

Laura Magahy. In the early 1990s, as one of the the youngest ever heads of a semi-State body she oversaw the redevelopment of Temple Bar in Dublin. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Consultant had roles in several high-profile projects, some of which attracted controversy

Minister for Health Simon Harris sought approval from Cabinet on Thursday morning for the appointment of Laura Magahy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former director of Temple Bar Properties was also involved with the ‘Bertie Bowl’

Minister for Health Simon Harris: We need to find a way we can have accountability at regional level.

Minister rules out a return to old health board system in new reforms

The IMO said public hospitals had 1,531 fewer inpatient beds compared to 2007

Consultants’ body says State’s acute hospital and mental health services are at breaking point

Trade unions Siptu and Unite have been in dispute as to which should represent crane operators. Photograph: The Irish Times

Unions to run rule over number of operators who are members of each union and of both

Staff in health services are ‘becoming extremely frustrated’. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

November strike for Section 39 workers on the way unless pay talks progress

Union says the action will  start with non-co-operation with non-core duties but would escalate if there was no resolution.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Action, to begin on July 24th, is part of dispute about deduction of union dues at source

 The Irish Hospital Consultants Association  said over 70%  of  consultants surveyed said they would “seriously consider resigning from their public hospital posts unless the discriminatory salary terms are corrected”. Photograph: Getty Images

IHCA says system of consultants delivering services in public hospitals ‘on a cliff edge’

There are thousands of people working in State-funded voluntary organisations providing health and social care services. Photograph: Reuters/Regis Duvignau

Siptu insisting on pay restoration for its members in Section 39 organisations

Dr Gabriel Scally had earlier criticised the HSE for a continuing delay in providing documentation to his investigation.  File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Dr Scally had earlier criticised alleged lack of cooperation on provision of documents

HSE director general John Connaghan told the PAC it had recorded a revenue deficit last year of nearly €140 million. Photograph: PA

Solution that will not affect patient care will require ‘serious effort’, committee told

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: said it is “not acceptable” Dr  Gabriel Scally is facing resistance from State bodies. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Scoping inquiry chair Gabriel Scally not happy at information’s ‘pace and format’

HSE director general John Connaghan before the Public Accounts Committee. Screengrab:

HSE chief says there are two other potential cases over misdiagnosis of cervical cancer

Colette Cowan, chief executive of the University of Limerick Hospitals Group told the Oireachtas health committee that graduate nurses need to be incentivised before they leave the country. File photograph: Press 22

Patients needed elective care being ‘crowded out’ says HSE executive

The Arklow’s store employees will stage industrial action on Saturday over pay dispute

Irish Medical Organisation president Dr Peadar Gilligan said the pay differential was directly leading to longer waiting lists for patients. File photograph: Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

Lower salaries for newer employees has ‘poisoned morale’ and led to staff shortages

The HSE appointed Deloitte in 2016 to carry out reviews of voluntary hospitals and agencies which it funded to determine if they were complying with pay policy and to assess governance arrangements. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Non-compliance with public guidelines and EU directives among issues found by Deloitte

Stewarts Care Limited. The review  was one of a number commissioned by the HSE into hospitals and health agencies that it funds. Photograph: Eric Luke

Report says it is unable to match 70 employees with Department of Health pay rates

The number of people waiting on trolleys in hospitals fell in June compared with the same period last year, nurses have said. File photograph: iStock.

More than 6,800 patients needing admission had to wait for a hospital bed last month

Paschal Donohoe: ‘In total the costs associated with the agreed unwinding of the remaining Fempi measures is €1.2 billion.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Repealing Fempi all at once would increase national debt and violate EU pact, says Minister

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: he  said he was committed to tax reform.  Photograph: Julien Warnard/EPA

Minister suggests top HSE chiefs will have to have more personal accountability for spending

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan was “absolutely right” in speaking out about what she believes are inequalities in the Church, said one churchgoer in Mount Merrion. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

‘The cheek of her,’ says one massgoer but others are supportive of greater equality

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) and Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe at the National Economic Dialogue, Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Social Justice Ireland calls for measures to lift State’s most vulnerable out of poverty

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform Paschal Donohoe speak to the medai before  the National Economic Dialogue at  Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Varadkar backs Madigan amid criticism from Archbishop for leading prayers

The Department of Health and the HSE argued that staff working in Section 39 organisations were not public servants and are not covered by public service pay deals. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Workers in State-funded voluntary agencies had planned strike earlier this year

Minister for Health Simon Harris: under his proposals, the group would  examine whether an alternative dispute resolution mechanism  could be effective. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The expert group will produce the report within a six-month timeframe

Minister for Health  Simon Harris had been warned that the deficit could ultimately reach more than €800 million for the full year. Photograph: Cate McCurry/PA Wire

Health service runs up overrun of €101m in the first two months of 2018

The first payment was made, but not the second phase, following the collapse in the public finances, and the State later cut consultants’ pay by 15%-25%. File photograph: Getty Images

Honouring pay claims could cost State €700m and be ‘beyond the means’

Medical negligence lawyers dismissed BreastCheck’s concerns that a sharp increase in legal correspondence could result in spiralling legal costs and the cancer screening programme closing.  Photograph: Getty Images

Lawyers criticise comments by breast screening chief over spiralling legal costs

The cervical cancer test controversy arose last month after Limerick woman Vicky Phelan settled her action against a US laboratory. File photograph: Getty Images

Agency tells Dáil committee CervicalCheck ‘assertion does not accord with the facts’

Bus Éireann buses in Dublin. Management at the State-owned transport company is to carry out a review of pay for staff. File photograph: Caroline Quinn/PA Wire

Management at transport firm agrees to carry out salary assessment for employees

Fears have been expressed that spiralling legal costs could lead to the breast cancer screening programme being closed down. File photograph: Getty Images

Programme has saved lives, is performing well and will continue to do so, says Coveney

A file image showing teachers from the INTO, ASTI and TUI protesting before a Government report on pay equalisation. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Department estimates it would cost €200m to end two-tier pay structure that affects 60,000

Government-funded scheme receives 15 letters from solicitors in the past two weeks

Medical laboratory scientists said they warned a decade ago that foreign-based cervical smear testing posed risks for patients.

Dr Irene Regan says Irish labs tendered for service scored well expect for cost

Irish laboratories were not able to bid for tenders because 60 laboratory scientists had been deployed to other work, the Medical Laboratory Scientists’ Association will tell the Oireachtas health committee, chaired by Independent TD Michael Harty. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Scientist association says HSE was warned of overseas smear testing dangers 10 years ago

Prof Alan Barrett, director of the ESRI, and  Minister for Transport Shane Ross  at the round table discussion on public transport  held in the  Mansion House, Dublin. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Scheme would not put State-owned companies on road to privatisation, says Minister

Irish healthcare could be damaged if there is too much focus on a blame game over the cervical cancer controversy, the chief executive of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has warned.

RCSI chief says: ‘I think we should be more circumspect... my fear is a hyper-response’

Minister for Transport Shane Ross  taking a photo with his phone at the roundtable discussion on Public Transport Policy in the Mansion House on Monday morning.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

Talks convened by Shane Ross with unions and authorities are under way

John Connaghan apologised on behalf of the HSE and the CervicalCheck programme. Photograph:

Interim head of HSE apologises to women affected by smear test controversy

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys:  said the permits regime was focused on critical skill gaps at the higher end of the labour market. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Ictu fears impact of scheme on existing pay and conditions

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tony Holahan insists Department of Health decision not to escalate ‘reasonable’

Under Simon Harris’ new proposals the HSE board is to be re-established. Here we go again. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Simon Harris’s proposals are just the latest in a never-ending series of reforms

Dr Gabriel Scally, who is carrying out  a scoping inquiry into the CervicalCheck screening programme: ‘Some key individuals and organisations are being distracted by the necessity of preparing to appear before committees.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Scally warns of ‘fevered atmosphere’ around cervical screening controversy

An analysis of cumulative pay for staff in each of a group of so-called Section 39 bodies examined found that pay cuts averaging 4.66 per cent were put in place for employees in 2010. Photograph: Jimmy Weldon.

Restoration of pay to workers in voluntary bodies could cost €67.8m, HSE estimates

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Fianna Fáil has criticised him for his absence throughout the CervicalCheck controversy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Board restoration and management review to be part of plan to rebuild public confidence

One of the memos given to PAC members said there was a risk that releasing audit findings to doctors could result in a patient contacting the media if they believed that “screening did not diagnose my cancer”.  File photograph: Getty Images

Interim HSE chief says top management not told of row between doctors and CervicalCheck

Many public service personnel will receive two  1%  pay rises this year as well as an incremental increase as they moved up their scale

Varadkar had suggested money for pay rises could be used to tackle lower pay for newer entrants

Outgoing director-general of the HSE Tony O’Brien. Supporters maintain he brought stability to the HSE in a period of institutional uncertainty, budget cuts and patient service crises. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

HSE director-general’s final months in office marred by multiple controveries

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and Minister for Health Simon Harris during a press conference on the cervical cancer scandal in Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Further accountability needed in cervical screening crisis, says Government

Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris TD during a press conference in Government Buildings on Friday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach says State will be on side of women in legal actions and take on outstanding cases

Speaking after a Cabinet meeting on Friday afternoon, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar insisted he first became aware of three memos circulated to HSE management in 2016 on the background to cervical screening audit findings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Emma Mhic Mhathúna says measures announced for affected women are ‘welcome’ but ‘not enough’

The memos  reveal that one of the cytology laboratories involved in the screening programme had expressed legal concerns about review findings being made known

Emphasis seems to be to shore up confidence in cervical screening programme

Emma Mhic Mhathúna, who was given an incorrect smear test result and who now has terminal cancer. “The Government need to go,” she said. “They’re not actually capable of minding us, and that is their job.” Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Vicky Phelan and Emma Mhic Mhatúna express satisfaction at HSE chief’s exit

Departing HSE chief Tony O’ Brien. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Documents given to members during dramatic six-hour committee hearing

Outgoing HSE Director General Tony O’ Brien

Memo warning of negative media fallout from cervical cancer patients described as ‘game-changer’ by Government Minister

The HSE said there have been 9,766 call-back requests to CervicalCheck while about half of those have received a return call. File photograph: Getty Images

Calls returned after check on records, data quality, and linking with health professionals – HSE

Outgoing HSE  Director General Tony O’ Brien who discussed told Public Accounts Committee he had received a briefing note from national director for health and well-being Stephanie O’Keefe. Photograph: Collins

O’Brien said he was informed audits had not thrown up concerns in relation to quality

Dr Gabriel Scally will lead the inquiry into delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer. “If I find serious problems, I will certainly be pointing to those serious problems,” he says.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Three Ministers call for HSE head to step down in relation to accountability for errors

Ciarán Breen (centre), director of the State Claims Agency, arriving at Leinster House for a meeting of the Oireachtas finance committee. Photograph: Tom Honan

State agency says it cannot accept liability for smear tests carried out by US laboratories

Tony O’Brien, director general of the Health Service Executive: role has salary of €192,000 a year. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Temporary Tony O’Brien successor likely to be one of three HSE senior executives

Regina Doherty: Tony O’Brien should be ‘redoubling his efforts’ to get accountability in the wake of the scandal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

HSE director general should work ‘day in, day out’ to get accountability, Minister says

The Minister for Health Simon Harris had asked the HSE to undertake, as a matter of urgency, an evidence-gathering exercise with Section 39 organisations to establish the position regarding pay reductions and restoration. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Dispute centres on lack of pay restoration for staff in Section 39 bodies

Cervical screening: the Government is to establish its inquiry on Tuesday. Photograph: iStock

Investigation will also examine how much HSE knew about audit-disclosure failures

ASTI members  picketing Rosmini Community College during a recent industrial dispute.  The union  lost about 2,000 members during a recent dispute. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Teachers’ Union of Ireland told it should pay ASTI to make up for loss of members

 HSE director general Tony O’Brien:   the Government has so far resisted calls for him  to resign

Tony O’Brien to step down at beginning of July due to accumulated leave

Mr O’Brien’s contract as director general of the HSE had been due to expire at the end of July.

Tony O’Brien had been due to go at end of July but is taking ‘accumulated leave’

Tony O’Brien, HSE director general: US role would earn him an “annual cash retainer” of $50,000, additional cash fees of $15,000 and initial share-buying options worth $180,000 vesting over a three-year period with further annual options of $90,000.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Simon Harris said he would review consent for HSE director general if conflict of interest


Multimillion euro agreement follows ‘horrific week’ for women in Ireland

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Stephen Donnelly has said HSE director general Tony O’Brien (pictured) “should step back with immediate effect”. He was speaking on behalf of his party when he made his comments. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Political support drains away from HSE director general Tony O’Brien

Position of HSE boss described as ‘tenuous’ as he takes temporary leave from US company

Nearly 2,000 Siptu airport staff are due to vote on a proposed four-year pay deal that would put them in line for a pay rise of 8.5 per cent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Siptu staff to ballot on proposal which also allows for discussion on future profit sharing arrangements

HSE director general Tony O’Brien with Minister for Health Simon Harris. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin demands accountability from director general before he walks ‘off into the sunset’

Minister for Health Simon Harris met Opposition spokespersons on health yesterday to discuss the shape and the scope of an inquiry into the delayed diagnosis issue. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘Scoping exercise’ before Government decides on commission of investigation

HSE director general Tony O’Brien at the  Oireachtas health committee. Image: Oireachtas TV screengrab

Outgoing head of health service says he will spend remaining time in job addressing failings

HSE director general Tony O’Brien became a board member  Evofem Biosciences on January 17th, almost two months before he publicly announced he would be leaving the HSE in August. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

O’Brien received ‘written consent’ to take up role months before finishing at HSE

Vicky Phelan. Photograph: Collins Courts

Revelation raises prospect hundreds more women could find smear tests were misread

Minister for Health Simon Harris was advised that publicity around Vicky Phelan’s High Court case was likely. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Harris tells Dáil many smear tests not included in sample which revealed 208 false negatives

Minister for Health Simon Harris was told in the briefing note about the background to Vicky Phelan’s legal action.

Note suggests women not automatically being told of smear test review results

Minister for Health Simon Harris strongly criticised people working within the health service for failing to pass on important information to their patients. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Cabinet to discuss scope of HIQA inquiry as well as possible redress scheme

Minister for Health Simon Harris speaks to journalists on Monday at Government Buildings about the Cervical Check controversy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Analysis: Timescale needed for introduction of mandatory disclosure of serious incidents

Tony O’Brien (right), head of HSE, has said he would not have gone on television to express a lack of confidence in the management of the cervical cancer screening programme as the Minister for Health Simon Harris did last week. Photograph: Leah Farrell/

Tony O’Brien says he had no knowledge of Vicky Phelan case until he read about it in media

Minister for Health Simon Harris: the Government will hold a statutory inquiry into the CervicalCheck issue.

HSE says 162 women not told of delayed diagnosis

Simon Harris, Minister for Health: A review team established by Mr Harris assessed each of the 206 cases over the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Several women were not told of the delay in their cancer diagnosis

IPU executive committee member Caitriona O’Riordan said the most immediate risk of illegal medications was the lack of quality control.  File photograph:Jason Clarke

IPU president criticises lack of progress in rolling out proposed healthcare strategy

Simon Harris, in a letter to the HSE’s Tony O’Brien,  said  they both shared the view that a commitment to patient safety and open disclosure were key to the delivery of safe, quality healthcare. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Harris to sign regulations on voluntary open disclosure in health service by end of June

Shay Cody, joint general secretary of Fórsa trade union, arriving for pay talks at the Department of Finance on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Employer group says Ministers must hold firm line on pay even if it means strikes

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