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

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

Two drugs, Mifepristone and Misoprostol, are used in a medical abortion. File photograph: Getty Images

Everything you need to know before the planned introduction of termination services

Teenage girls are covered by the current HPV vaccine programme

Hiqa findings clear way for roll-out of gender-neutral immunisation programme

Dr Peter Boylan said that if the service is not introduced women will still have to go to the UK for terminations and any delay would not be fair. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Medic responds to complaints from doctors that process is being rushed

A pro-choice march in Dublin, 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke

Health professionals have ‘serious concerns’ January 1st introduction is being rushed

Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Analysis: Woefully inadequate winter plan and extra funding are coming late in the day

The Home First team at St James’s Hospital, Dublin: Sinead Flynn, social worker; Sinead O’Connor, occupational therapist; Lucinda Edge, physiotherapist; Paul Staunton,  clinical director, emergency medicine. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

St James’s Hospital initiative also ensures well patients are discharged promptly

Radiologists have said all public hospital radiology departments are under pressure due to the demands placed on them. File photograph: iStock

Small hospital radiology departments under pressure due to inadequate staffing

The review of 46,234 CT scans, ultrasounds and chest X-rays concerned the work of a single consultant radiologist who no longer works at the hospital. Photograph: Flashfilm/Getty Images

Audit finds 11 patients suffered delayed diagnosis and serious impact on their health

General manager of UHK Fearghal Grimes, UHK clinical director Dr Claire O’Brien, chairman of the review Dr Gerard O’Callaghan  and Celia Cronin of the South/South West Hospital Group presenting their findings yesterday. Photograph:  Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Regrettable action not taken sooner following review of 46,000 scans in Kerry

The review was the largest ever conducted of X-rays and other tests in the Irish hospital system.

Four of the 11 patients who had a delayed diagnosis have died since delay was identified

The HSE has refunded the €750 in excess charges paid by the man following the investigation by the Ombudsman, Peter Tyndall. File photograph: iStock

Investigation revealed there is no integrated payment system in HSE for managing hospital charges nationally

The policy for  provision of dental services is being comprehensively updated for the first time in 25 years.  Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Oral health policy fails to offer postgraduate and lifelong learning for dental practitioners

The first child born following uterine transplantation from a living donor occurred in Sweden in 2013. File photograph: Getty Images

Successful transplant carried out in Brazil

Attempts by ICGP chief executive Fintan Foy to speak at the meeting were repeatedly interrupted.

Dozens of doctors walked out of event claiming ‘serious crisis’ over abortion services

Dr Peter Boylan said expectations had to be kept in context, and that women in other countries often had to travel “hundreds of miles” to access such services. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Peter Boylan says ‘inevitably, there will be problems’ and nobody should expect ‘perfection’ from service

Tory Island, Co Donegal. The HSE  focuses on the provision of health services to nearly 3,000 people living on 18 islands off the coast of Ireland that are not connected by a land causeway with the mainland. Photograph: Fáilte Ireland

HSE review finds that islanders find the services fragmented and unpredictable

Minister for Health Simon Harris said doctors had a right to conscientious objection but “women also have a right to healthcare” and “one right cannot trump another”.

Department asks all 19 maternity units for updates on abortion services rollout

 Numerous studies worldwide have linked outbreaks of bacterial infection in hospitals to contamination of wash basin drains and U-bends. Photograph: Getty Images

System developed at dental hospital decontaminates wash basins and plumbing

The National Maternity Hospital, on Holles Street, Dublin 2. On Sunday, Mr Harris insisted he was not “meddling” in the €300 million move to Dublin 4. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Simon Harris wants a public-interest director on board of the new institution

 Minister for Health Simon Harris says in the context of abortion services a ‘conscientious objection is that you don’t have to be involved in a procedure’. Photograph: Collins

Doctors have concerns over issue of conscientious objection and workload on others

Hundreds of members of the Irish College of GPs are expected to attend an extraordinary general meeting about abortion and ultrasound services. Photograph: Thinkstock

HSE seeks tenders to furnish ultrasound due to length of public health system waiting lists

Leo Varadkar: “I think we need to examine court procedures and the way our courts are managed so that cases can be heard more quickly”

Thinly veiled criticism comes as Varadkar rejects call by judge for more appointments

PNA general secretary Peter Hughes said the strike was a serious escalation in a dispute which was entirely of the HSE’s making and which the union had repeatedly asked the HSE to resolve.  Photograph:iStock

Psychiatric Nurses Association said members to hold a one-day action on December 19th

Meanwhile, the number of recorded cases of gonorrhoea also grew last year, by 15 per cent to 2,249, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has found.

The vast majority of cases of the sexually-transmitted disease were among men

More people than ever are living with or after cancer as survival rates have improved over the past 20 years. Photograph: iStock

Cases to double in next 30 years as population ages, says National Cancer Registry

Only one in five hip fracture patients were discharged home directly following surgery, according to the latest Irish Hip Fracture Database report. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ten people daily break their hips but achievement of target varies from 92 to 55%

The number of overnights accessed by people with a disability fell by up to 4 per cent in the first half of this year, compared with the same period in 2017.

Huge variation in provision of respite hours in different areas, new figures show

Minister for Health Simon Harris: “Paternalism” and “offensive nature” of some doctors’ comments to women with cervical cancer, as relayed in the Scally report, resonated with him. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Health errors treated as ‘ingrained cover-ups’ rather than open communication

CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More teenage girls getting vaccinated as awareness increases, conference hears

The INMO, which has been counting the number of admitted patients without a bed since 2004, says 2017 was the worst year up to now. Photograph: iStock

Overcrowding at record levels, according to Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation

Lorraine Walsh (centre) with Stephen Teap and Vicky Phelan at the formal launch of 221+ CervicalCheck Patient Support Group last month.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Woman caught up in controversy calls for mediation to help rebuild trust

The findings come from  the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing study, which has been tracking more than 8,000 over-50s for the past seven years. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Women and rural dwellers more likely to enjoy benefits due to superior social networks

Lung cancer is the bigger cancer killer among women in Ireland, responsible for more deaths than breast and colorectal cancer combined. Photograph: PA

People with the disease are stigmatised due to its link to smoking, research finds

Fianna Fail TD  Marc MacSharry said the default position of the medical community on Lyme disease seemed to be “there’s nothing to see here” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/THE IRISH TIMES

Founder of resource centre for Lyme disease claims Mater’s decision was ‘political’

Some patients said there was a lack of privacy when consultants were discussing medical histories. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Survey of more than 13,000 people reveal both positive and negative experiences

IMO president Dr Peadar Gilligan said vacant posts for consultants “are proving impossible to fill”.

Union says some doctors earning up to €60,000 less than colleagues appointed after 2012

Only 31 per cent of patients were admitted within the target time and 3 per cent said they had waited 48 hours or more before admission, the Hiqa survey found.

Ennis and Cork hospitals rated highest by patients, and Limerick lowest

Last winter saw record levels of hospital overcrowding, including several days when more than 700 patients were on trolleys.

Plans were not submitted to the Department of Health until the start of November

The Mater hospital  treats about 1,200 HIV patients, at an average cost of €8,000-€10,000 a year for their medication., Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

HSE and Mater hospital at odds over provision of patients’ details

The review of hospital car parking charges was ordered last March after the Irish Cancer Society pointed out a patient could spend up to €1,000 on parking over the course of treatment. Photograph: iStock

New system could include a two day parking pass for €10 or five day pass for €20

A total of 140 infants underwent brain and body-cooling treatment in four Irish hospitals in 2016 and 2017 after experiencing reduced oxygen or blood supply at birth. Photograph: iStock

A total of 140 babies underwent therapeutic hypothermia treatment over two years

Hospital food: improvements have  been implemented in some hospitals

A new policy aimed at improving what we serve patients comes not a moment too soon

Crumlin, though best known as a children’s hospital, also provides genetic services nationally for both adults and children.

Hospital says patients should have no cause for concern over accuracy of test results

Minister for Health Simon Harris (left), with patient Sr Margaret Quinn at the opening of the cataract unit at Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital in Dublin in 2017. Photograph:  Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography.

Opening of new operating theatre at Eye and Ear Hospital cuts wait time to 12 months

Irish people are the most positive in Europe about their health status, according to a new report, and are among the least likely to report a chronic health condition or disability

Few doctors, many nurses in Irish health system, finds ‘Health at a Glance’ report

Some 18.5 per cent of the Irish population was recorded as having a mental health disorder, such as anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, or alcohol or drug use, in 2016.

Mental health problems cost the Irish economy over € 8.2 billion a year

Spending on high-tech drugs has increased from €400 million in 2012 to €700 million this year, the committee heard. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland needs ‘innovative approach’ to reimburse cost of drugs to treat rare diseases

Chief medical officer of the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan was asked by Minister for Health Simon Harris to draw up a report on mesh devices last July. File photograph: Eric Luke

Chief medical officer says mesh devices associated with significant and severe complications in minority of women

A Government decision to fund lifesaving cancer drugs for the 221 women caught up in the CervicalCheck controversy while withholding it from other women with the disease will ‘explode in everyone’s face’, according to Labour TD Alan Kelly. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Labour TD criticises selective provision of drug to women caught up in CervicalCheck controversy

The volume of antidepressants prescribed after the 2016 Brexit referendum increased by 13.4 per cent relative to other drugs,  researchers found. Illustration: Getty Images

Researchers say prescribing rose by 13.4 per cent relative to other drugs in that period

A paucity of homecare options has also been a factor in the rise of delayed discharges from hospitals.

Package to include additional transitional care beds and €4m for aids and appliances

Members of the Justice for Polio Survivors campaign occupying Rehab’s Park West offices in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Group claims charity provides relatively little support compared with funds raised over years

Vera Dwyer after being presented with her gold medallion being congratulated by her granddaughter Sarah Kiernan (12) and her daughter Della Beirne.

Vera Dwyer has become the world’s longest surviving single lung transplant recipient

Two out of every three complaints related to full daycare services. Photograph: iStock

Tusla received 276 complaints about preschools, creches and other facilities last year

The Children’s Hospital Group has described the incident as a ‘transcription error’.

One woman’s mis-transcribed test result an ‘isolated incident’, says Minister

Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Children Katherine Zappine and Minister for Children Simon Harris,  and friends at the launch of First 5, a new strategy for babies, young children and their families. Photograph: Maxwells

Extension of supports to all paid childminders among plans in First 5 strategy

Sam, Sophie, Alice and Thea with their parents, Louise and Chris, at home in Kinsale, Co Cork. Photograph: Provision

Case study: ‘Her face had swelled up and she looked like the Elephant Man’

Principal investigator at the Infant Centre, Prof Jonathan Hourihane, with a new oral immunotherapy which reduces sensitivity to peanuts. Photograph: Diane Cusack

Irish scientists help develop immunotherapy drug which desensitises people with allergies

Julie O’Reilly was wrongly included in the group of 221 women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy, according to health sources.

Julie O’Reilly had endometrial cancer not cervical cancer, according to health sources

Kashimbo Musonda outside the fitness to practise hearing on George’s Lane, Smithfield, Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Evidence at fitness to practise hearing described as ‘unreliable, culpatory and self-serving’

Kashimbo Musonda said other members of the radiology department at Waterford University Hospital had concocted allegations against her, which had had the effect of destroying her career.

Kashimbo Musonda was dismissed from her post at Waterford University Hospital in 2017

 Marion Kelly (left), from Nenagh, Co Tipperary, whose family has campaigned since her death to secure the long-term provision of the genetic emphysema drug.

Nineteen patients with genetic emphysema will continue receiving key medication

The overall level of potentially inappropriate prescribing ranged from 45.3 per cent of patients in 2012 to 51 per cent in 2015. Photograph: AFP/Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty

Older patients 72% more likely to get a potentially inappropriate prescription after admission

The HSE says many women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy are not consenting to participate in a review by the UK’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Health body says it needed to act because of low consent rate to review by UK college

Fianna Fail health spokesman Stephen Donnelly asked whether anyone had been fired or sanctioned for the ‘catastrophic failures’ of the health system. File Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Half a million patients do not attend their appointment each year, committee hears

Sinn Féin health spokeswoman Louise O’Reilly: “The lack of provision of resources and funding to deliver home support for those who need it is a serious cause for concern.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Galway has longest waiting list for home support services, with 674 people on list

File image of Julie O’Reilly, whose case ‘highlights the unanswered questions surrounding the CervicalCheck controversy’.

Solicitor for affected women says case of Julie O’Reilly highlights outstanding questions

Dr Gabriel Scally, who carried out the scoping inquiry into the controversy, has issued a clarification. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dr Gabriel Scally’s clarification accepts he was mistaken in believing HSE applied a cut-off

Tony O’Brien: stepped down from the HSE in May at the height of the CervicalCheck controversy. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

High-profile process fails to find successor to Tony O’Brien for €250,000 health role

“She said to me once, ‘What if we hadn’t made the decision to come back to Ireland in 2007 – would things have been different?’,” says Tony O’Reilly of his late wife Julie, above

Julie O’Reilly died on October 6th. Her husband, Tony, tells her story

Dr Ruairi Hanley: other, downgraded hospitals are “glorified nursing homes”. Photograph: James Forde

‘I’m tired of listening to south Dublin medical ivory towers,’ says Dr Ruairi Hanley

Julie O’Reilly, who died on October 6th, 18 months after being diagnosed with cancer, had five tests under the CervicalCheck screen programme.

Julie O’Reilly becomes 19th woman caught up in CervicalCheck controversy to die

Senior doctors have expressed concern about the Irish health system’s ever-increasing reliance on overseas doctors and the challenges of adjustment and integration this poses. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Extraordinary case highlighted by Judge Peter Kelly is far from an unusual occurrence

Mr Justice Peter Kelly: concern over ‘defective’ recruitment procedures for doctors to work in Irish hospitals

Colleagues witnessed man making ‘wild’ clinical assessments, High Court is told

The separated twins after surgery by Prof Martin Corbally and his Tanzania team. Photograph:  Eamon Tierney

Martin Corbally left Ireland after sanction by Medical Council but was vindicated in court

A photograph from the launch of Trasna, a new Irish healthcare company, in October. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Number of Irish patients using cross-border directive set to rise further with new services

Irish health service rated eighth out of 28 countries in sustainability index

 All age groups are affected by infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, although their burden is significantly higher among infants than in any other age group. Photograph: Getty Images

Study in ‘Lancet’ suggests antibiotic-resistance bacteria cause 33,000 deaths across Europe

 Tyrrelstown Educate Together School, Dublin: the board of management was not satisfied that the internal work had left the interior in a fit state for children to return. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Department of Education working to address schools’ concerns about safety of internal finishes

There was  a sharp rise in skin cancer deaths among Irish women between 1985 and 2015, against international trends.  File Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Deaths among Irish women from the disease also up, against international trends

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is spread to humans by infected ticks.

Mater hospital unit to meet growing demand as the number of suspected cases increases

Drug-resistant bacteria of the Enterococcus genus. Photograph: Janice Carr/CDC/ Science Photo Library

HSE chief says those affected may be ‘upset and disappointed’ over delay in informing them

Figures obtained by Fianna Fáil health spokesman Stephen Donnelly last week show nearly 10,000 patients over the age of 75 were on trolleys for at least 24 hours in the first eight months of the year. Photograph: Getty Images

Lack of emergency department resources, a lack of beds and a lack of recruitment will combine to create ‘perfect storm’ in hospita(...)

Rachel Corbally: “I’m just so lucky someone invented this machine.” Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Rachel Corbally had a stroke. A thrombectomy gave her full and speedy recovery

Dr Mike Ryan, assistant director general of WHO, and team in North Kivu:  “This is probably the first Ebola outbreak to happen in an active conflict zone.”

Irish aid worker with WHO in North Kivu races against time to track people with virus

The Irish Heart Foundation and stroke survivors protesting at Beaumont Hospital on Monday, World Stroke Day, over breakdown in essential equipment. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Machine used for stroke victims has broken down during treatment

Sodium valproate is manufactured by Sanofi and marketed in Ireland under the brand name Epilim. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/ Bloomberg

Patient advocacy group concerned that drug is being supplied without required written information

 Dr Gabriel Scally during the launch of the Scally Report into the CervicalCheck screening programme last month. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dr Gabriel Scally to review outsourcing of work by testing laboratories overseas

RTÉ Investigates: Patrick Fitzgerald with his wife, Anne, at Cherry Orchard Hospital, in Dublin

RTÉ Investigates showed the problems families face when a loved one loses capacity

Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children Crumlin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin not following national guidelines for dealing with CPE bug

Bernard Mulvany and his daughter Sophia (8), from Marino.

More than 5,000 neurosurgical procedures carried out at Temple Street over past decade

Western Building Systems has constructed a psychiatric and cystic fibrosis units at Beaumont in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Concerns have been raised about issues in schools built by Co Tyrone construction firm

The group from Donegal, who discovered the gold hoard at Tullydonnell Lower, near Convoy, at  the official opening of the Tullydonnell  exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Gold rings that lay buried for 3,000 years now shine in National Museum

During the presidential debate  on RTÉ, Liadh Ní Riada said her take-home pay was €60,000. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Sinn Féin maintains elected representatives take home the average industrial wage

The number of patients with CPE continues to rise – 36 so far this year. Photograph: iStock

Report into CPE link to deaths of eight patients overly ‘limited in scope’

Men are three times more likely than women to be binge drinkers, according to the annual Healthy Ireland survey. Photograph: Istock

Binge drinking is defined as having three pints of beer or more in one session

Some of the illegal medicines seized during Operation Pangea, on display in the HPRA’s offices on Tuesday morning.

Garda and Customs operation also saw 90,000 units of illegal prescription medicines impounded

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