The national children’s hospital project has been plagued by controversy, particularly after The Irish Times revealed massive cost overruns a year ago. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Mounting concern about running costs – now up to €366m annually, from €325m in 2017

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland chief executive Philip Watt: ‘We are shaking with excitement at this news.’ File photograph: Tom Honan

Trikafta to be available to patients aged 12 and over once it receives European approval

Both Galway University Hospital and the Mater hospital in Dublin have over 43,000 patients waiting for appointments. Photograph: iStock

National Treatment Purchase Fund spent €75 million this year on outsourcing care

Parents of sick children attending Crumlin children’s hospital have been told that on occasion there are not enough staff to administer chemo. Photograph: Google Street View

Crumlin children’s hospital blames demand on available beds for deferring treatments

Some 107 new beds promised by Minister for Health Simon Harris earlier this week will not become available until mid-January, said HSE officials.

Health body says 705 delayed transfer of care cases recorded in facilities last week

UHL is consistently the most overcrowded hospital in the State

UHL doctors need to ‘get in their cars’ and work in smaller hospitals – Minister

Leo Varadkar: ‘It is my view that . .  the €2,000 should be extended to the women who had discordant smear results that may have had a clinical impact. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Simon Harris says payment will be extended to women included in Royal College review

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to announce plans to open 190 extra beds over the winter period as part of a plan to tackle waiting lists in emergency departments. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Simon Harris to tell Oireachtas committee fees for injury units being decreased to €75

Many diseases occur when things go wrong within a cell or set of cells.  Previous research has determined that many diseases result from mutations to a part of the DNA strand called an ‘enhancer’

Team looked at how DNA elements work to regulate gene expression within genome

Sarah Moloney, who has endometriosis, and Kathleen King, chairwoman of the Endometriosis Association of Ireland, at a press conference to raise awareness of the condition in Dublin on Tuesday.

TDs told women with gynaecological condition must go private or travel to get effective treatment

Irish Cancer Society chief executive Averil Power, Minister for Health Simon Harris and Irish Heart Foundation chief executive Tim Collins at the launch of the new research. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Provisions to limit exposure of young people to vaping to be added to planned legislation

Public health officials have blamed the current outbreak on a dip in the MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccination rates 20 years ago. Photograph: iStock

Worst affected part of the State is the greater Dublin area, which accounted for 1,126 cases so far this year

Vaping has been linked to deaths in the United States, but advocates say it can help people quit smoking. Photograph: Moment/Getty

E-cigarettes were hailed as a way to give up smoking, but there is a growing backlash

Suggesting the girl may have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the number of State agencies involved, the report says the identification of one key agency to provide a trusting working relationship ‘may have provided an anchoring for both the family and the services involved’. File photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Report into teenager’s death highlights need for residential addiction services for girls

 After Oscar was born, toxicology reports showed he had cannabis and cocaine in his system at birth. File photograph: Getty Images

Boy’s mother ‘vulnerable’ young woman who struggled with addiction, notes report

Patient advocate Lorraine Walsh said she learned of RCOG’s approach to its review of CervicalCheck after receiving her own report. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Process set up to verify women’s review report ‘thorough and essential’, HSE says

Dr Henry Kitchener (centre), lead assessor in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists review of the CervicalCheck screening programme, with assistant assessors at the launch in Dublin of their report. Photograph: Aoife Moore /PA Wire

Analysis: Difficult not to think of the 12 families affected by unnecessary deaths

Between 3 and 7 per cent of respondents had self-medicated with a benzodiazepine (sedative), an opiate or other mind-altering drug. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Two-thirds of respondents self-prescribe and three-quarters prescribe for family

Patient advocate Lorraine Walsh, one of the women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy, has resigned from the steering committee of the screening programme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One of the women affected by CervicalCheck controversy, Walsh says she has no confidence in process

The Government also plans to publish new patient safety legislation after Cabinet today. Photograph: iStock

UK experts say women can have confidence in cervical cancer screening programme

Additional women who contacted the 221+ Patient Support Group on foot of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists review are likely to qualify for the same supports that were made available to the original group when the CervicalCheck controversy erupted last year. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Women who contact 221+ group after review are likely to qualify for the same supports

The National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street, which is one of relatively few Irish hospitals to have made the switch to e-health records. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

National Maternity Hospital will proceed despite objections of the couple involved

A spokeswoman for the Minister of Health said talks on a new contract with pharmacists would open next year in the same way as negotiations took place with GPs earlier this year. Photograph: Getty Images

Union claims proposed fee reductions will cost pharmacies an average €12,000 a year

Management at St Joseph’s in Shankill has decided they can no longer accept new residents due to funding concerns. File photograph: iStock

St Joseph’s says it has no other option as Government is accused of ‘backtracking’

 There were 29 flu cases reported last week, and 70 to date this  winter, with 15-64 year-olds most affected.   File photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

HSE denies patients leaving without treatment as pressure on hospitals grows

Nursing home residents of the Royal Hospital Donnybrook are not being properly protected from abuse, according to a highly critical inspection report. Photograph: iStock

Hiqa says Dublin hospital has made ‘limited progress’ on fire safety improvements

Most people surveyed said they trusted and had confidence in hospital staff. Photograph: iStock

National survey of patients finds many felt they were not fully involved in decisions about their care

A “cultural shift” is needed to properly prepare doctors for the introduction of mandatory open disclosure, the organisation providing indemnity cover for the profession has warned.

‘Cultural shift’ needed to breakdown barriers to openness in healthcare – Medical Protection Society

The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

HSE’s chief medical officer issues reminder after abortion based on inaccurate screening

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Hundreds of women told that review of their slides has produced a different result

Previous studies have suggested that statins, which are used to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and heart disease, could have a role in slowing down the growth of different types of cancers. Photograph: iStock

Men who had taken statins had 24% reduced risk of developing more lethal type of cancer

Prof Moyna said ‘cultural factors’ – including showers, make-up and headphone use – needed to be addressed to tackle the gender gap. Photograph: iStock

Results ‘very concerning’, with gender gap of 15% the largest outside the US

Research carried out at Trinity College Dublin  identified ‘PKM2’ protein  as a potential therapeutic target for treating a host of diseases such as psoriasis (the effects of which are pictured) and multiple sclerosis.

‘PKM2’ protein manages immune cell types at heart of conditions like psoriasis and MS

 The new changes will make it possible for doctors to take up consecutive contracts and  to leave the State during their time working here. Photograph: Getty Images

Departments of Health and Justice have agreed changes designed to address staffing crisis in out-of-hours GP services

Doctors training at St James’s Hospital in Dublin have raised concerns for personal safety when accessing and leaving the site, particularly at night, according to a Medical Council report. Photograph: Alan Betson

Secure staff parking cited as issue at Dublin 8 facility amid woes over personnel shortage

Dr Kevin Kelleher, Asst. National Director of Public Health and Child Health, speaking at a media briefing on the  seasonal flu update and winter plan.Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Main strain circulating so far is H3N2 swine flu, which particularly affects the elderly

United States has the most expensive medication in the world, followed by Germany and the United Arab Emirates

Cost of branded drugs almost 14% below average in 50 countries surveyed

Medical negligence cases are set to cost a record €374 million next year

State Claims Agency chief says cases ‘a very significant economic challenge’ for the State

The extent of the individual divergences from the initial cervical smear results is not yet known, but the review has found some cancers could have been prevented, it is understood. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Review has found some cancers could have been prevented, it is understood

A cervical cancer cell. For every 1,000 women screened for cervical cancer, about 20 will have precancerous changes, but the traditional smear test will pick up only 15 of these.

Review body to send aggregate report on smear tests screening to Minister for Health

The Irish Patients’ Association says  33,000 people a year die in Europe as a direct consequence of an infection from antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Photograph: Getty Images

Call for all sectors of society to work together to effectively tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance

Both children have acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and are among the 10 per cent of children whose disease cannot be cured with existing therapies. Photograph: Getty Images

Children underwent CAR-T therapy when chemotherapy and marrow transplants failed

Currently, 26 hospitals provide surgical services in Ireland, though in many smaller hospitals the volume of work is low by international standards

Finding has ‘huge implications’, says Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland president

National Treatment Purchase Fund spending €75 million this year on initiatives designed to take people off the inpatient waiting list. Photogrpah:iStock

State has eight times as many patients waiting over a year for treatment as England

Kim Murphy, who is blind, and her guide dog Jango in Tallaght Hospital.  Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Kim Murphy (60) criticises system for allocating her a bed at Tallaght before acute cases

Dr  Peter Boylan’s memoir, In the Shadow of the Eighth, was launched on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

former master of hospital says his ‘jaw dropped’ when he heard of request

HSE national director Liam Woods: Trolley figures have exceeded 600 in recent weeks, with 571 patients waiting for admission to hospital on Thursday morning.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Targeting of State’s hospital overcrowding crisis does not include extra beds or staff

The Rotunda Hospital has “toned down” the original plans for development at Parnell Square. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

€49 million price estimate equivalent to cost of ‘two or three adverse medicolegal awards’

File image of Prof Fergal Malone, who has issued a warning over overcrowding at the Rotunda Hospital.

Prof Fergal Malone issues warning over a ‘crisis’ at the maternity hospital

Sepsis is triggered by infection, leading to organ malfunction and failure. Photograph: Getty

Almost one in five people with sepsis last year died, with mortality rate up 10.1% on 2017

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland said the study’s findings on vaping were ‘worrying’. File photograph: Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images

Cardiologists call for ban on vaping as study finds arteries stiffen after one vaping episode

The tests rely on samples of the baby’s DNA in the mother’s blood to gauge the risk of genetic conditions, rather than testing the foetus directly. Photograph: iStock

Couple terminated pregnancy after receiving incorrect results from such a test

The National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Instruction prompted by case of termination last March after test results proved incorrect

In one quarter of cases where the target was not met, no reason was provided by a hospital for the delay in operating. Photograph: iStock

Recording of reason for delay in performing surgery needs to be improved, study says

 Terri Martin, Waterford and Mary Dalton, Dublin, members of Mesh Survivors Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Group representing 500 women to meet Harris in call for specialist treatment centre

A conference at the Royal College of Surgeons was told on-call doctors  should be paid more than their part-time equivalents. Photograph: Getty Images/iStock

Smaller hospitals need same level of funding earmarked for Dublin facilities – surgeon

The Government has promised the BreastCheck screening programme will be extended to those aged 65-69 by the end of 2021. Photograph: iStock

Risk of dying from breast cancer has halved since 1994, according to National Cancer Registry report

The number of nurses in Ireland has not kept up with population growth since 2008, the report notes.

OECD study shows Ireland produces most medical graduates relative to population

Management at St Josepah’s are today briefing families and staff about the funding crisis they say the facility faces. File photograph: iStock.

Impact of proposed closure of Shankill facility described as ‘potentially catastrophic’

The average wait time for a brain MRI through the public system is 126 days, the report points out, while private patients wait just six days. Photograph: iStock

Those unable to afford private medical insurance disadvantaged over tests – report

There was a run on bottled water in shops and supermarkets after a boil water notice last month. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Water says heavy rainfall has caused contamination at Leixlip treatment plant

 Minister for Health Simon Harris will sign into law changes that ban anonymous sperm donations and create a register of donor-conceived children. File photograph: Tom Honan

Courts could be given power to change parentage in surrogacy cases

No arrests have been made and gardaí say their inquiries are ongoing. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Man (30s) has leg wounds and his injuries are not life-threatening, gardaí say

Two  students remain in hospital after they got into difficulty on a river in Co Kerry at the weekend. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two members of UL club taken to hospital after getting into difficulty on river in Kerry

HSE chief executive Paul Reid: his warning comes as hospital doctors meet next week to decide whether to take industrial action over pay and recruitment. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Doctor staffing has ‘consequences’ for patient care, says director general

‘It truly is a remarkable time of hope and progress in CF care in Ireland and worldwide.’ Photograph: Science Photo Library

Improvement in lung function of patients treated with Trikafta described as ‘striking’

Dr Sigurdur Olafsson, director of hepatology at Landspitali hospital in Reykjavik, says there is ‘no question’ Ireland can learn from the Icelandic experience. ‘First you need to test – if you don’t look for the disease, you won’t find it.’

While the HSE says Ireland is on track to get rid of the disease not everyone agrees

The Government announced free dental care for under-sixes in this month’s budget, but this will first have to be negotiated with the Irish Dental Association. Photograph: Getty

Cutbacks in HSE services mean children’s teeth are not being checked until sixth class

Fitness-to-practise committee found Dr Idowu Adeyemi Adeboro’s actions were dishonest. Photograph: Alan Betson

UK-based doctor tried to gain employment in Irish hospitals dishonestly – Medical Council

Paddy McMahon, from Ballinacurra in Limerick,  is one of 1,400 patients who will have received a cataract operation at Nenagh Hospital by the end of this year.

National Treatment Purchase Fund pledges to cut waiting lists for common procedures

The 252 patients who died included 109 who were on anti-cancer medicines and 44 who were on psycholeptic (calm-inducing) medicines. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Last year saw big increases in number of adverse reactions with 10,398 reported

CervicalCheck campaigners led by Lorraine Walsh, Stephen Teap and Vicky Phelan leaving  Leinster House. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Taoiseach makes remark in State apology to women affected by CervicalCheck scandal

Dr Gabriel Scally, speaking at the launch of his report into the CervicalCheck scandal said he found “problems in each and every one of the areas” he looked at. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar’s apology was welcome but there are many details about the scandal that are still unclear

Of the new cases of anorexia nervosa diagnosed, most were in young women (91 per cent). Photograph: iStock

New study reveals that 11 Irish pre-teens are diagnosed with the eating disorder each year

Robert Sheahan (centre), Ireland’s first liver and double-lung transplant recipient with his two transplant consultants, Emir Hoti (left) and Lars Nölke. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Limerick man Robert Sheahan (29) on the road to recovery after operation in June

The number of inpatient beds fell from 16,629 to 12,383 while the State’s population grew from 3.4 to 4.7 million. This represents a fall of almost 50 per cent in bed capacity relative to population. Photograph: iStock

UCD reveals growing number of private hospital beds as public facilities dwindle

In Ireland, the incidence of pancreatic cancer has fallen since 1990 by 6%, while the death rate has fallen 10%. Photograph: iStock

Worldwide increase in incidence and mortality is related to obesity and diabetes

Martina Fitzgerald became RTÉ’s political correspondent in 2013. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New group will consider proposals and revisions to existing programmes

“Loneliness is a growing public health concern as there is clear evidence that feeling lonely is damaging to the health and wellbeing of older adults.” Photograph: Getty Images

Report finds loneliness is damaging to health and wellbeing of older adults, the loneliest of whom had poorer quality of life and (...)

Back pain is the most costly and disabling health condition in the world, with costs exceeding that of cancer and diabetes combined. Photograph: iStock

Those who had personalised treatment were less disabled when followed up a year later

Dr Idowu Adeyemi Adeboro, medically trained in Romania and the holder of a Spanish passport, has been suspended by the Medical Council after it emerged the documents he submitted in his registration application were falsely notarised. File photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Irish doctor based in US said he did not know and never met Dr Idowu Adeyemi Adeboro

A significant minority of heart attack survivors to not change their habits, a new study has found. Photograph: iStock

Study finds 43% of smokers were still smoking two years after heart attack

Dr Idowu Adeyemi Adeboro faces six allegations of professional misconduct. Photograph: iStock

Fitness-to-practise hearing also told of false references on Romanian-trained doctor’s CV

Supplies of tamoxifen, used in the treatment of breast cancer, in short supply due to manufacturing delays. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Patients should be able to continue treatment but may have to switch brands

Róisín Shortall, Social Democrats co-leader: ‘This simply isn’t acceptable for our public health service and it shouldn’t be tolerated.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Dublin north and Cork-Kerry waiting lists are ‘particularly appalling’ says Shortall

Women who are displaying symptoms of the condition and are unable to contact their hospital or surgeon are advised to go to their GP. Photograph: iStock

Women should be on the lookout for sudden swelling of the breast

Dr Susan Finnerty, inspector of mental health services, said children should only be admitted to an adult service “in exceptional circumstances”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Waterford centre was not clean, hygienic or ‘free from offensive odours’

State agencies have been asked to provide information on inappropriate, unauthorised or illegal use of Botox by doctors, dentists or others. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Files/Reuters

Dozens of incidents recorded in State in recent years, as Minister mulls legislation

The number of people waiting for an outpatient appointment fell slightly last month to 568,769. File photograph: Getty Images

New NTPF figures suggest progress is being made on access to health services

Dr Susan Finnerty, inspector of mental health services, said the short-sightedness of not providing adequate services has led to long-term neglect of people with serious and enduring mental illnesses. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Many people with enduring illness ‘trapped’ in inpatient units for years, says inspector

Vincent Geoghegan in his apartment home in Ballymun, Dublin, provided for him by the Housing Association for Independent Living. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

World Mental Health Day: Vincent Geoghegan getting the housing and supports he needs

Asked could there be more criminals or more cases involved, the garda commissioner Drew Harris said: “Investigations are ongoing. This is an incident that does seem like it deserves further attention and further examination and I expect that to happen in terms of our further enquiries in respect to this.”

‘We’re trying to get to the bottom of this,’ Eoghan Murphy says

Labour health spokesman Alan Kelly claimed there was a “direct contradiction” between the evidence given by CervicalCheck representatives to previous meetings of the committee and the direct experience of women. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Some women who had private smear tests were later excluded from public colposcopy

Minister for Health Simon Harris at the launch of HSE National Breastfeeding Week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Budget 2020: No sense that implementation of Sláintecare vision for future is imminent

The extension of free GP care from the present age limit of under-6s is being postponed by a few months, to September 2020, but is still likely to feature prominently in Fine Gael’s election literature when the State goes to the polls over the next year. Photograph: iStock

Free GP care for children extended, extra waiting list funding and an additional 1,000 therapists, nurses to be employed

Irish rugby fans have been warned of the danger of contracting measles during the World Cup. An estimated 30,000 Irish supporters have travelled to Japan. Photograph: Inpho

One outbreak occurred on public transport in Tokyo which is widely used by rugby fans

Last year, Ireland East Hospital Group contacted up to 70 people who were treated at Wexford General Hospital at the same time as a patient confirmed as having typhoid fever. File photograph: Getty

Cases of largely drug-resistant typhoid fever have been reported here for the first time

Minister for Health Simon Harris has challenged social media companies to take action to counter misinformation online about vaccines. Photograph: Denis Charlet/AFP via Getty

People searching certain keywords on Twitter will be prompted to visit a HSE page

Two neurosurgeons have said Ireland is experiencing a ‘whiplash epidemic’. Photograph: iStock

Outcome of whiplash treatment differs in less litigious cultures, say doctors

Letterkenny University Hospital. The review chairperson will examine alleged delays in the diagnosis of endometrial cancers and the way postmenopausal bleeding was assessed in the hospital. File photograph: Tervor McBride

External chairperson will examine claims of delays in diagnosis of endometrial cancers

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