Sources say the report contains a detailed roadmap for removing private patients from public hospitals. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Publication of report on implementing the Sláintecare plan has been shelved until autumn

Poverty is the ultimate cause of childhood obesity, said Prof Viner

Europediatrics 2019 in Dublin discusses the causes and prevention of childhood obesity

Outpatient waiting lists are up more than 40,000 since the end of last year. Photograph: iStock

Fianna Fáil says figures ‘a disgrace’ despite small fall in patients waiting for operations

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication is used to prevent HIV infection. Photograph: iStock

Pre-emptive anti-retroviral drugs regime to be introduced to combat rise in infections

“When things go wrong during a patient’s healthcare journey, for whatever reason, a genuine expression of regret delivered in a manner which is empathic is always appropriate”

Under new HSE policy workers urged to provide sincere apologies where errors occur

Dr Gabriel Scally found about 250,000 smear tests from women in Ireland were read in labs that had not been approved by CervicalCheck. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Legislation to set up a tribunal on alleged misreading of smear tests to go to Cabinet

Dr Gabriel Scally says legal processes are clearly failing to meet the wishes of patients. Photograp: Crispin Rodwell/ The  Irish Times

There is 'crying need' for change, says Dr Gabriel Scally, investigating CervicalCheck

The 7.5% annual contribution from the asset value of the family home is charged for three years. File photograph: Getty

Farming families unhappy over paying a percentage of the farm’s value for care

‘In my view, there is a crying need for a change of approach,’ Dr Gabriel Scally, said.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

System in place for responding to errors in screening is ‘inadequate to the task’

Protesters at Leinster House, Dublin in February called for the HSE to approve Spinraza for children who have spinal muscular atrophy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Drug is only treatment on market for spinal muscular atrophy, which affects 25 children in State

The cost of claims against the HSE and settled last year by the agency jumped 13 per cent to €318.7 million, from €283.2 million in 2017. File photograph: Getty

Catastrophic birth injuries account for most costly category of claims against the health service

Fianna Fáil’s Marc MacSharry said: ‘There is something very wrong with our system if our patients are being left behind and denied access to the latest medicines.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

FF’s Marc MacSharry calls on Government to prioritise access to latest cancer therapies

In some cases, women are still being asked to wait longer than 33 weeks to receive the results of their smear tests. Photograph: iStock

HSE agreement with Quest Diagnostics will ensure survival of CervicalCheck programme

Botox has to be administered by a medical doctor, but dermal filler products can be injected by practitioners without a medical degree. Photograph: Robert Daly/Ojo/Getty

Minister for Health wants department to outline public health risks of using fillers

Photograph: Thinkstock

Consultants launch #CareCantWait social media campaign to highlight doctor shortage

So far this year, six cyclists have been killed on Irish roads and many more injured, some very seriously. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Three-quarters of those injured were men and average age of patients was 44 years

The cost of GP claims increased from €293.8 million to €311.5 million between 2013 and 2017. Photograph: Getty Images

Doctors saw 1.11 million male patients and 1.22 million females over five-year period

It is “irresponsible” of governments not to develop proper systems of trauma care when upgrading road systems, says Prof Mark Fitzgerald, a trauma expert from the Alfred Hospital in Australia. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mater forum to hear how integrated trauma service could reduce fatalities

Hiqa inspectors  found ‘inadequate signage posted at wash hand basins and no signage at others, which posed a risk to residents and visitors’.

Inspectors ‘not assured’ the water at Merlin Park community nursing unit was safe

The National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in Holles Street is undertaking a lookback of unborn babies found to have a fatal foetal abnormality over the past 20 years to see if they were correctly diagnosed. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Couple say they ‘were not scared of the prospect of caring or loving a very sick child’

Nine claims against BreastCheck are under active management by the State Claims Agency, more than at any time since the service was set up in 1998. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA

Health sources fear claims of misdiagnosis in BreastCheck scheme threaten its viability

Linda Hannan: Mother of two from Celbridge  had to pay €3,000 privately to have her tissue sample examined in the US.

Oncotype test reveals hormone therapy alone sufficient treatment for many women

The National Maternity Hospital. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

National Maternity Hospital had asked London-based medics to examine incident at the hospital

The cost of biosimilars is usually less than half that of the originator products.

Scheme offers €500 per patient to departments that switch from Humira and Enbrel

A file photograph of Dr Susan Finnerty (right) the Inspector of Mental Health Services. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Dr Susan Finnerty says 20 residents in a unit found to be ‘sharing one shower’

 Delays continued to affect the national rail network through Tuesday as engineers worked to rectify the signalling issues.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Some 20,000 affected as intercity trains halted for two hours, commuter services for four

Maria Bailey has declined to say in what way she believed the hotel to be negligent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What injuries did she suffer, and what legal advice did she receive and from whom?

Minister for Health Simon Harris launching the first National Skin Cancer Policy, with help from Rory Daly, Eddie Daly, Molly O’Neill and Jasmine Le Ray, all from Marino, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Health wants reduced VAT on sun cream to help prevent skin cancer

‘If you are obese, it is harder to get pregnant and, when you do, the complication rates are higher in terms of issues like Caesareans and diabetes.’ Photograph: iStock

Trend partly driven by Irish women waiting until 30s to become mothers, study finds

Cannabis: the Cabinet is likely to consider proposals in June to decriminalise the possession of a small amount for personal use. Photograph: Image Bank/Getty

A group of doctors say we are ‘sleepwalking’ into legalising cannabis. Is it time to wake up?

As part of the agreement, the IMO dropped its objection in principle to the Government’s plans to extend free GP care to further cohorts of children.  File photograph:  Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Irish Medical Organisation members voted by 95 per cent in favour of the deal

Kim Kardashian and other celebrities are ‘coming into issues that have a serious effect on our public health’, Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell told an Oireachtas committee on Wednesday. File photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty

Vaccinated children could suffer serious illness from mumps, says Kate O’Connell

The holding company behind the National Association of General Practitioners is to go into voluntary liquidation

National Association of General Practitioners has been in turmoil over governance issues

Protesters  at Leinster House, Dublin in February called for the HSE to approve Spinraza for  children who have spinal muscular atrophy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Spinraza is only treatment available for those with spinal muscular atrophy

HSE director general Paul Reid: said the independent review of emergency department would reveal a lot about which parts of the country have better processes. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Newly-appointed HSE chief announces review of nine emergency departments

Minister for Health Simon Harris will tell the Oireachtas health committee  he is committed to addressing the concerns of medical professionals in relation to the judgment  in the Ruth Morrissey cervical cancer case

Expert group to examine capacity, bed utilisation, manpower and staffing issues

Dr Michael O’Connell will be the 32nd Master of the Coombe Hospital, which will celebrate its bi-centenary in 2026.

Masters of all three Dublin maternity hospitals will soon be men following latest appointment

Experts in genetics and foetal medicine are expected to be involved in a review of the National Maternity Hospital. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Patient's pregnancy terminated on basis of test result suggesting fatal foetal anomaly

Vera Twomey touching the gates of Leinster House after her marathon walk in March 2017 in support of her campaign for her daughter Ava Barry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Vera Twomey says she fought for two years to get medicinal cannabis for daughter Ava Barry

Researchers from Shanghai University’s school of medicine set out to investigate if there was evidence to support improvement of anxiety symptoms by regulating intestinal microbiota. Photograph: iStock

Research indicates that gut microbiota can help regulate brain function

 The couple claims they were told there was no need for them to wait for a second test result before proceeding with a termination.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Complaint to be made to Data Protection Commissioner about National Maternity Hospital

Plants at a medical cannabis company in Israel. Photograph: Amir Cohen/File Photo/Reuters

Campaigners say medicinal cannabis being used as ‘Trojan horse’ towards legalisation

The couple  say they were told there was “no hope” and that the next stage of testing “would make no difference”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Controversy continues over National Maternity Hospital treatment as second test showed no fatal foetal anomaly

Prof Fergal Malone, Rotunda Hospital master: because the rapid test can give a false positive if there is no ultrasound abnormality most laboratories recommend to wait for the full two weeks.

Simon Harris wants external review in case of wrong finding of fatal foetal anomaly

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the couple involved had “lost a very wanted child”. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Independent review to focus on termination carried out for fatal foetal abnormality reasons

 On the basis of  results from tests carried out, the couple opted for a termination, which was carried out in Holles Street two months ago. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Independent review focuses on termination carried out for fatal foetal abnormality reasons

Many of those who live in mental health units are vulnerable and elderly, have poor communication abilities and are at high risk of heart disease. Photograph: Getty

Commission finds denial of physical healthcare to patients may cause 3,000 to die a year

The number of Irish  babies born with low birth wieght is rising at a rate exceeded only by Czechia among higher income countries. Photograph: iStock

Proportion of babies with low birth weight grew from 4.9% in 2000 to 5.9% in 2015

‘The dental profession in Ireland is unable to assure patients that they are receiving the safe and contemporary standard of care they expect.’ Photograph: iStock

Dentists training to become specialists forced abroad, many never to return, says RCSI

Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae has called for a fuller investigation into the matter. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Review of more than 46,000 tests found 11 patients suffered delayed cancer diagnosis

Ireland has been spending ‘like drunken sailors’ on healthcare over the past 20 years but has very little to show for it, a conference on patient rights has been told. Image: iStock.

Academic says State has thrown money at issue like ‘drunken sailors’ in recent years

Ruth Morrissey and her husband Paul speaking outside Dublin’s High Court last week. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA

Doctors concerned over ‘absolute confidence’ expectation following Ruth Morrissey case

Ruth Morrissey and her husband, Paul, outside the Four Courts  at the conclusion of her case. Parties normally have 10 days to lodge an appeal, but this has been shortened in view of Ms Morrissey’s terminal illness. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Crisis meeting hears urgent call for clarity in the wake of Ruth Morrissey legal judgment

 Almost 131,000 patients are waiting for scans under the HSE’s national integrated medical imaging system (NIMIS) of electronically stored images. A further 34,000 patients are waiting on a non-NIMIS list. Photograph: Getty Images

Over 25,000 patients waiting for diagnostic tests have been on the list for more than 12 months

Ruth Morrissey and her husband Paul outside the Four Courts at the conclusion of her case.Photograph: Dave Meehan

Concerned the standard of ‘absolute confidence’ mentioned in judgment ‘impossible to attain’

Ruth Morrissey and her husband Paul  outside Dublin’s High Court last week after winning her court case over misreadings of her cervical smear tests. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

HSE also considering appeal due to concerns over wider implications of case

Adrienne Cullen: Report described Ms Cullen’s treatment at UMC Utrecht as a ‘calamity’.

Widower of Adrienne Cullen called for chief to resign over his wife’s death

The late Adrienne Cullen, whose pathology results were lost by the hospital for two years

UMC Utrecht introduces new safety checks after review unearthed further shortcomings

Adrienne Cullen: The report details two significant opportunities the hospital missed to spot her cancer at an early stage when she first attended in 2011. Photograph: Judith Jockel

Failure to diagnose Adrienne Cullen’s cervical cancer led to calamitous delay in treatment

Alcohol intake in Ireland has increased since 2010 despite falling in many western countries

Chief executive of Cork University Hospital Tony McNamara said he is departing with sadness to ‘accept other opportunities in the private sector’. File photograph: Provision

Chief executive Tony McNamara leaves hospital after 27 years

Private nursing homes have been criticised for “top-up” fees for social and occupational therapy programmes, with claims some charge  for wound dressings, prescription painkillers and bedsore creams. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

Consumer watchdog to issue guidelines on potentially unfair clauses in contracts of care

Johan Verbruggen in his office in Galway. ‘I suppose it fed into my own concept of justice, that I was never given an apology.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Johan Verbruggen, who has Erb’s palsy, says his parents ‘were told it was their own fault’

GPs called on Minister for Health Simon Harris to provide ‘safe access zones’ around doctors’ surgeries. Photograph: Thinkstock

Zones needed to protect doctors and patients from protesters, says Irish council for GPs

There were 13 deaths in Ireland associated with meningococcal disease last year, according to the HSE. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

First-year students to receive new vaccine from next autumn following rise in cases

About 15 per cent of samples will test positive for HPV and these will be prioritised for examination under the microscope. Photograph: iStock

HSE to have new smears tested abroad as CervicalCheck agrees HPV testing with MedLab

Minister for Health Simon Harris has suggested mandatory vaccination could be introduced as a way of boosting  immunisation rates. Photograph: Getty Images

Twice as many mumps cases have been reported this year as were recorded in the whole of 2018

Irish Red Cross volunteer inmates at the Community Based Health in Detention Workshop at the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise. Photograph: James Forde

Irish Red Cross programme seen as model for peer-to-peer education among prisoners

Vicky Phelan arrives at the Department of the Taoiseach in Dublin for a meeting with Leo Varadkar to raise concerns about the Government’s handling of the CervicalCheck scandal.

Phelan accuses Government of using Brexit as an excuse for not fulfilling promises

Vicky Phelan was awarded €2.5 million against a US testing lab over the alleged misreading of her smear tests under the CervicalCheck programme. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The campaigner on seeking accountability and reform after the CervicalCheck crisis

Before 2009 primary care centres were delivered by traditional public procurement, but since then private delivery methods have been prioritised. Photograph: Getty Images

Study finds global investors have entered the Irish primary care centre market ‘because it offers relatively high profit opportuni(...)

Many took the good weather as the perfect opportunity to head to the beaches, such as Portmarknock in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Northern Ireland records warmest ever Easter at 21.4 degrees in Armagh

Cricket Ireland said it experienced ‘significant cash flow constraints’ last year after incurring losses when Ireland’s first test match against Pakistan was rained out. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Money was given against advice of Sport Ireland to pay wages and ease cash flow crisis

The HSE estimates there are 100 to 200 cases of Lyme disease a year in Ireland but patient groups and some doctors say this is too low

The Borrelia pathogen is distantly related to the bacteria that cause Lyme disease

Children out cycling near their home in Ballinasloe when they were hit by a car

The cost to the State of replicating the move could be as high as €500 million over five years, estimates Prof Michael Barry, clinical director of the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics. Photograph: PA Wire

Number of indications covered by VHI initiative now 13, not three as had been thought

Opposition politicians joined families of children with spinal muscular atrophy who are seeking access to a new drug, Spinraza, in a march to Leinster House in February. Photograph: Paul Cullen

Decision on funding Spinraza to treat spinal muscular atrophy expected in May

The doctors say they “profoundly regret” the waiting times for patients but go on to argue UHL is under-resourced compared to other hospitals.

Doctors claim Beaumont has 31% more staff and 39% more beds than UHL in open letter

Some 1,234 nurses and midwives last year applied to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland for a certificate of current professional status. Photograph: iStock

Hundreds of Irish-trained nurses sought certs allowing them to practice abroad in 2017

 Research  shows patients are at an increased risk of developing malnutrition the longer they stay in hospital due to dissatisfaction with the food, fasting periods, exposure to infection and loss of body mass. Photograph: Getty Images

Plan is against restrictions on junk food as priority is to ensure patients get enough energy

Prof Michael Barry has told a conference the pricing structures of pharmaceutical companies are unsustainable. Photograph: PA Wire

Health service could save €50m by using biosimilar medicines, says Michael Barry

VHI will provide wider access to cancer drugs, including Pembrolizumab, for stage three melanoma, and Pertuzumab (Perjeta) for patients with early stage breast cancer. Photograph: iStock

Move raises questions of equity between public and private patients

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Pharmaceutical giant MSD apologises after errors were noticed on transparency site

CPE  is highly antibiotic-resistant and can be lethal when it enters the bloodstream. Photograph: iStock

Number of cases increasing despite efforts to raise awareness in hospitals

Dr Cliona Murphy: “I thought I would see more women coming into the hospitals,” says the chairwoman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Photograph: Tom Honan

Those providing terminations since they become legal in January are keeping their heads down

Dr Salaheldin Ahmed. Delivering the Medical Council committee’s decision, chairman Joe O’Donovan encouraged Dr Ahmed to ‘remediate’ his suboptimal practice. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Medical Council says doctor’s conduct over his treatment of elderly patient was ‘suboptimal’

‘What is happening is wrong. I believe we have a collective moral obligation to put it right now,’ says Prof Chris Fitzpatrick. Above, the site of the national children’s hospital. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former master of Coombe will warn PAC of dangers of proceeding without co-location

The hospital building is about to rise before our eyes in the coming months. There is, really, no turning back. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

PwC report into cost overruns at National Children’s Hospital does not tell the full story

Minister for Health Simon Harris:  set to face intense questioning over  hospital cost at the Oireachtas health committee on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Key flaws were cost underestimation and failure to control overrun, PwC finds

University Hospital Limerick had the highest number of patients waiting for admission on Tuesday. File photograph: Frank Miller

TrolleyWatch count says 631 waiting for beds, with 55 at University Hospital Limerick

Some trends help to lower rates of cancer, such as  reduced smoking rates. “There are some grounds for optimism,” says Prof Kerri Clough-Gorr, director of the National Cancer Registry. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Report says rise could be contained to 50% if recent trends including screening continue

‘If Wexford needs 35 occupational therapists, then 40 additional therapists nationally is not going to make much of a difference.’ Photograph: iStock

Children have been on the list in Wexford for up to three years, says TD Mick Wallace

 Minister for Health, Simon Harris: A spokeswoman for Mr Harris said he would appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Health in the coming days. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Harris claims he was not informed of concerns over free tests by CervicalCheck director

Fianna Fáil TD Lisa Chambers: “Are you still writing out to people on the backlog to come in because you haven’t cross-checked who they are?” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Lisa Chambers criticises inviting of women for smear tests in context of looming delay

 Providing free dental care for adult medical-card holders and all children would cost €80m a year, according to an analysis. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

New analysis shows cost of Government policy for adult medical-card holders and children

Fianna Fáil TD Stephen  Donnelly told the Oireachtas health committee the information from Dr Grainne Flannelly suggested Minister for Health Simon Harris had misled the Dáil for a second time. Photograph: Eric Luke

Two-thirds of 80,000 backlog of tests due to decision to offer free out-of-cycle smears

At present, about 84,000 children are waiting for a public dental assessment. Almost 20,000 children are on the orthodontic waiting list, including almost 8,000 who have been waiting for over two years. File photograph: Getty

‘Packages of care’ to replace existing school-based services at primary level

Women are now having to wait up to 33 weeks for the results of their smear tests, as the delays in the CervicalCheck programme reach record levels. Image: iStock.

HSE says increased workload has led to ‘long and very regrettable delays’ in reporting of results

Minister for Health Simon Harris with brother Adam Harris of AsIAm who says ‘despite positive public sentiment, over 85 per cent of autistic people are under or unemployed’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

One in four people know of an autistic person among their friends, research reveals

Almost 20,000 children are on the orthodontic waiting list, including almost 8,000 who have been waiting for over two years. Photograph:  John Giles/PA

Waiting lists and patchy services testify to dire state of public dentistry for children

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