The site of the proposed National Children’s Hospital, which is currently projected to cost €1.43bn. Photograph: Eric Luke

Public expenditure secretary claims health counterpart should answer Oireachtas questions

The patient, believed to be a child, was transferred to Dublin from Cork by another ambulance crew. File photograph: The Irish Times

Cork crew nearing end of 12-hour shift and unwilling to transport patient to Dublin

Psychiatric Nurses Association has announced that its members will strike on three days next month and not be available for overtime on five days in the coming weeks. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Talks with group overseeing public service agreement underway

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation general secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha (centre), with members. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Teacher unions unhappy with Government proposals that address lower pay rates for staff recruited after 2011

The Communication Workers’ Union has been informed by its Dublin postal drivers’ branch that it is to pull out of the organisation. Photograph: Leah Farrell/

CWU tells drivers they would be leaving sole negotiating body for most of An Post staff

14/09/2013 - FEATURES MAGAZINE - 01.46am An Ambulance arrives bringing a patient to Medical staff working in the A&E Accident and Emergency Department of St. James’s Hospital Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES  AMBULANCE ... STOCK..... FILE...

Union urges Minister for Health to intervene to try to avert planned work stoppage

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar faced criticism in the Dáil over costs of the new national children’s hospital escalating to a potential €1.7 billion. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Leo Varadkar reminds St James’s site will ‘totally transform quality of paediatric care’

INMO general secretary Phil Ni Sheaghda said preparation for industrial action would continue. Photograph: Collins

Psychiatric nurses said new proposals would use savings to fund pay parity with other professional groups

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

Consultants PwC expected to carry out new Government review of cost increases

Plan will involve a  programme aimed at increasing prevention, surveillance and control of the spread of CPE

Minister warns CPE bug will have serious impact on health service if not contained

Theresa May: more likely that parliament would insist on a second referendum.   Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Senior health service officials concerned about access to some 45 key drugs

The Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association  says up to 70%  of medicines on the Irish market come from or transit through the UK. Photograph: Getty Images

Government told it will need to make plans for foodstuffs for those who have specialised diets and rely on products from the UK

Members of the INMO and the Psychiatric Nurses Association are scheduled to stage a series of strikes in the weeks ahead. Photograph: Frank Miller

Union says money is not the cause of unrest but it is the way to increase recruitment

Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation announcing their planned strikes in Dublin earlier this week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Move suggests meeting on Tuesday not likely to involve direct negotiations on pay issues

Senior Government figures remain adamant  they will not concede to the nurses’ demands, citing the upfront cost and the belief it would spell the end of the public sector pay agreement. Photograph: Getty Images

Psychiatric nurses’ union says it will join wave of strikes by nurses next month

The  Psychiatric Nurses Association has announced that its members will strike on three days next month and not be available for overtime on five days in the coming weeks. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

PNA says staff recruitment and retention issues need to be addressed urgently

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar stands for the national anthem during his official visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri

Taoiseach says weekend strike would have affected far fewer patients

The Department of Public Expenditure has   insisted the health service is able to recruit and retain nurses and midwives

INMO announces six days of work stoppages in January and February over pay issues

  INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha: Nurses argue   that there is provision in the existing public service agreement to allow the Government to provide them with additional money. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Government knows any pay deal would lead to knock-on demands by other staff

The decision to strike comes following an overwhelming vote in favour of strike action by its members before Christmas in support of their pay claim. File image: Bryan O’Brien

Further five dates for strike action in February planned if dispute over pay not resolved

A former deputy chief executive of the Nurses and Midwifery Board of Ireland is taking a case for constructive dismissal against the body. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Deirdre Hogan says she was whistleblower who later had to resign from Nursing and Midwifery Board

There are more than 580 patients requiring admission to hospital waiting on trolleys in emergency departments or on wards for a bed on Tuesday

Cork, Letterkenny and Limerick hospitals worst affected as Harris says flu is a factor

  Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation protesting over conditions of employment outside Leinster House two years ago. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Nursing union to announce plan for series of 24-hour strikes over pay

Anti-abortion protesters outside the gates of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda on Monday. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

‘Democracy is a very useful tool but it cannot dictate right and wrong,’ says activist

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he would defend and protect the confidentiality of patients. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Harris says any leak of information regarding a patient’s care would be very serious

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

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said acceding to the nurses’ pay demands would “take us back to the bad old days of unsustainable and unaffordable pay rises”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Finance says acceding demands would ‘take us back to the bad old days’

INTO General Secretary, Sheila Nunan, said teachers  remain open to a constructive dialogue with Government on  financial inequalities facing newer entrants to the profession.

INTO will not yet ballot members on industrial action over pay issues

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

Prof Shane Higgins’s period as master master of the NMH is expected to see it move from its current location at Holles Street to the campus of St Vincent’s University Hospital at Elm Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Prof Shane Higgins takes over from Dr Rhona Mahony for seven-year term

“The health service does not have enough beds to support our population,” INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha says. File photograph: Alan Betson

Over 108,200 patients in need of a hospital bed were forced to wait on trolleys

Under the WRC proposals support staff and allied health professional personnel, such as radiographers, will receive one additional day of leave in 2019, 2020 and 2021. File photograph: Thinkstock

Move proposed as settlement to knock-on claim on foot of deal with nurses in 2016

Chief executive of building materials group CRH Albert Manifold received €8.659m in total remuneration in 2017 including basic pay of €1.44m. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Unions say average worker would need 230 years to earn total package of CRH boss in 2017

Nurses and midwives look set to stage a series of 24-hour work stoppages in hospitals across the country. Photograph: Frank Miller

Some support-grade staff underpaid by up to €6,000 a year, union claims

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Christmas Day  with staff at the emergency department at Cork University Hospital.

Criticism of festive holiday-taking comments include invitation for Taoiseach to help out

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 said the HSE national service plan would see the numbers on hospital waiting lists drop by 10,000. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Pay rises and pension payments will eat up nearly €400 million of extra €848 million

The Ictu says labour costs in the Irish private sector are the second lowest among the group of 10 high-income EU countries with a population of more than 1 million. Photograph: Getty Images

Ictu recommends seeking larger increases in more profitable sectors

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’

Siptu has reached agreement with the HSE and the National Ambulance Service

Siptu says new process agreed with HSE and will get under way in January

The IMO said industrial action would commence on January 14th when members would put in place a work-to-rule in the public health out-of-hours service. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

IMO seeking release of long-delayed review of sector, and engagement with its findings

The INMO has said it is looking at potentially a number of 24-hour stoppages

Donohoe maintains nursing union pay demands would cost €300m

Mandate said “almost all of the claim has now been delivered”.

Mandate trade union says Dunnes staff have secured 18% salary hike in the last six years

The INMO’s executive will meet on January 7th and 8th to decide on the dates of the proposed strikes. Photograph: Frank Miller

INMO likely to stage number of 24-hour stoppages if no resolution found

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

Hospitals face thye prospect of a number of 24-hour stoppages across the country. Photograph: Getty

Result of Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation ballot to be known on Tuesday

The Rotunda Hospital has indicated it will be in a position to provide abortion services, provided it is given the necessary resources by the Government. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Draft plans on terminations also call for conscientious objectors to opt out in 'timely manner'

Minister for Health Simon Harris.  Photograph: Garrett White

HSE proposal would see reduced facilities despite a record €17bn in health funding

 Minister for Health Simon Harris said the new National Children’s Hospital would “give every child in this country access to world-class healthcare”.

Spending increase necessary to deliver state-of-the-art facility, Minister says

Minister for Health Simon Harris:  to bring a memo to Cabinet next week on new cost estimates for the facility at  St James’s Hospital in Dublin.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cost estimates for facility at St James’s Hospital spiralling from 2012’s €404m

The National Treatment Purchase Fund said 20,512 public patients waiting for surgery had accepted an offer of treatment funded by the organisation. File photograph: ThinkStock

Figures show 71,000 waiting for in-patient or day case procedure in public hospitals

NAGP president Dr Maitiu O’Tuathail said comments requesting everyone to put their shoulder to the wheel were insulting and very disappointing for frontline staff.

National Association of GPs says it will not be threatened or intimidated by Minister

Members of the PNA protest at  HSE headquarters in  Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin last month.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Psychiatric Nurses Association says industrial action will take place in January instead

The move is set out in the implementation plan for the recommendations of Dr Gabriel Scally (above) on the Cervical Cancer Screening Programme which was approved by the Cabinet. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Dr Scally found current HSE and State Claims Agency policy was unsatisfactory

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (centre) is pictured during a visit to the RCSI in Dublin.  Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Varadkar says law enacted by Oireachtas will apply, ‘not Canon or any other law’

HSE director general John Connaghan is to step down from the post at the end of the year. File image: Oireachtas screengrab via PA.

Anne O’Connor to be second person to fill post pending appointment of Tony O’Brien’s successor

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “It will have to be rolled out, it will have to be phased in.” Photograph: PA Wire

Taoiseach gives first signal termination may be introduced on phased basis

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

Tallaght Hospital is among the facilities that will be give extra funding to provide additional diagnostic services for patients.

National Treatment Purchase Fund to provide funding as part of winter surge plan

Minister for Health Simon Harris: “I will be using this opportunity to ask the stakeholders to put their shoulder to the wheel.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister to meet doctors’ representative groups to discuss clinical guidelines

 Tony O’Brien stepped down as HSE chief executive early last May at the height of the CervicalCheck controversy.

Ministers are considering a salary of about €300,000 a year in a bid to fill the position

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

St Vincent’s University Hospital in south Dublin, site of the proposed new National Maternity Hospital. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Government hopeful of deal with hospitals on new facility ahead of year-end deadline

Union members rejected Government proposals to end two-tier pay system

The apology came on foot of a meeting between unions and senior management on Thursday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Airline donates €25,000 to charity and says sorry for ‘hurt and upset’

Siptu divisional organiser Adrian Kane said at the meeting the Minister did not give any commitment to a date for holding a referendum on the ownership of water services. Photograph: PA

Unions hold talks on Irish Water plans with Minister

The HSE will spend €30 million on extra beds, and set up ‘winter-ready’ clinics for older persons and those with chronic diseases

Nurses and consultants will not be banned from taking Christmas leave under the plans

The HSE paid out €533 million in fees and allowances to GPs in 2017.  Photograph:  Thinkstock

IMO says release of earnings figures are ‘misleading and unhelpful’

Regina Doherty, Minister for Social Protection, said that her department had written in recent weeks to 79,000 people affected by the pension anomoly. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Anomaly effectively penalised workers who opted out of the workforce for a time

The Bord na Móna Edenderry power station in Co Offaly. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Transition from fossil fuels may have ‘devastating’ implications for some workers

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern said members of the British Conservative party were “always anti-Europe, always trouble and always the bold kid in the class”.

Former taoiseach expects Stormont to get back to business after Brexit ‘mess’ sorted

Phil Ní Sheaghdha, general secretary of the INMO. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

INMO calls for talks with Minister to head off threatened strikes in hospitals

The review will be brought to Cabinet by Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Review recommends major changes to funding arrangements to voluntary service providers

The INMO said its executive council had recommended that members vote in favour of strike action. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

INMO says low pay is making it impossible for health to recruit sufficient nurses

INMO argues its members are paid about €7,000 a year less than staff in therapy grades but work more hours. Photograph: Frank Miller

INMO warns that there could be 24-hour stoppages in hospitals if ballot passed

The hospital group maintained there had been a ‘transcription error’ of a genetic test result

Children’s Hospital group says case was an isolated incident due to human error

Doctors will be paid €450 for three visits under the new contract for termination of pregnancy services.

Doctors will be paid €450 for three visits and will not be compelled to participate

Nursing unions are seeking pay parity with groups such as physiotherapists and speech and language thereapists.

Fórsa union warns other health staff will seek more money if wishes of nurses granted

Minister for Health Simon Harris on Tuesday has told Ministers that in future he wants VHI to be in a position to sell international healthcare plans directly. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

New legislation would allow insurer sell international plans without intermediary

Highly placed sources said discussions between the Irish Medical Organisation and the Department of Health and HSE centred around the introduction of a fee structure covering up to three GP visits for women seeking terminations. File photograph: Getty Images

Staff in some maternity units concerned about of lack of resources

A nurses’ union has warned  that there could be  24-hour stoppages in hospitals across the State if concerns over pay are not addressed. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

INMO says its members work longer but are paid less than physios and speech therapists

The INMO said it envisaged that any strike action would involve a 24-hour stoppage in all hospitals.

INMO has set two-week deadline for Government to table ‘realistic’pay offer

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has met widespread criticism since saying hospitals were effectively closed for seven of the 12 days of Christmas and new year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Authority to give winter plan to Government in wake of Varadkar remarks on holidays

The findings emerged from an online consultation in which about 26% of the ICGP’s 3,500 members took part. Photograph: iStock

Irish College of General Practitioners finds 35% of family doctors say they will carry out terminations

There are 525 patients who require admission to a hospital waiting on trolleys in emergency departments or on wards for a bed on Thursday, nurses have said.

INMO says hospitals in Limerick and Cork experiencing high overcrowding

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said if members backed the proposals, industrial action would involve a 24-hour stoppage in all hospitals. However any industrial action is unlikely to take place until mid December at the earliest.

Members of INMO overwhelmingly rejected Government pay proposals

Minister for Health Simon Harris said on Monday he was “worried” about the impact on patients attending hospital over the coming winter period. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Plan to be submitted to Department of Health for approval in coming days

“Two extreme weather events occurred during winter 2017/2018, namely Storm Ophelia and Storm Emma. The severity of such storms and their effects on the healthcare system were profound”

The analysis found emergency department presentations have increased on average by 3.9% annually over the past two years

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the Minister for Health Simon Harris and said the HSE’s practice of passing its problems onto the Department of Health needs to change.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘Anything he may lack in experience or age, he makes up in commitment,’ Varadkar says

The Government says between 18,000 and 20,000 nurses could benefit from its proposals. Photograph: Frank Miller

HSE has offered new talks with INMO in an attempt to avert industrial action

Minister for Health Simon Harris: A  confidential letter sent  to the HSE suggests that hospitals and health agencies that perform well will see increased funding. Photograph:  Garrett White

Funds had been earmarked for the provision of additional hospital beds

A spokeswoman for Simon Harris said: ‘Tony O’Brien took the decision to step down from his post. The Minister believes that was the right decision.’

Taoiseach intervenes as Tony O’Brien compares Minister to ‘a frightened little boy’

Minsiter for Health Simon Harris speaking in Farmleigh in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Minister says contingency plans are being made but there is no stockpiling of drugs

It is understood that the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation will be invited to attend direct talks with the HSE, possibly on November 8th.

New negotiations likely to be scheduled for end of next week

The HSE has said it did not recognise the PNA or its Nasra branch as a negotiating body for ambulance personnel. File  photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Union members stage demonstration ahead of planned overtime ban next week

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation general secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha.

INMO declines to attend meeting of oversight committee after rejecting pay proposals

“The mood among transport workers has changed dramatically on the back of a number of assaults across both our train and bus services,” a union leader said.

Warning follows stabbing on board a train travelling from Dublin to Drogheda

Five hospitals said to have 500 patients on trolleys this month

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has signalled the Government’s €200 million deal on new-entrant pay is as far as it is prepared to go. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Proposal to end two-tier pay rejected by INTO and accepted by TUI, with ASTI still to decide

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