There are an estimated 30,000 problem gamblers in the State. Photograph: iStock

Figures show 257 cases recorded last year – the highest number since records began in 2010

Simon Harris, Minister for Health, saw the construction work of a 60-bed block during his visit to University Hospital Limerick. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Health makes unannounced visit as 76 patients lie on trolleys at UHL

It is taking the HSE three months to process applications for reimbursement under its treatment abroad scheme. Photograph: Thinkstock

Patients waiting three months for reimbursement as demand for scheme grows

An aggregate report summarising the findings of the review of 1,051 women’s test history will be provided to the Minister for Health, Simon Harris. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Each woman will get an assessment of their smear history compiled by RCOG

Just 123 of the 581 nursing homes in the Republic were found by inspectors of the Health Information and Quality Authority to be fully compliant with regulations. Photograph: iStock

Report from Hiqa cites concerns over fire safety, evacuation procedures as a concern

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the rehabilitative training allowance was being discontinued to eliminate inequities in access to training places for people with disabilities. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Saving will be ploughed back into provision of day training places, says Simon Harris

Minister for Health Simon Harris acknowledged   resources would be needed to address the requirement of cancer survivors. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister acknowledges need for resources to support growing numbers living after cancer

Western Building Systems has won a contract to build a  a 60 bed ward block at University Hospital Limerick. Photograph: iStock

Western Building Systems to build €9.5m 60-bed block at University Hospital Limerick

Unlike the finger-prick test used by people with diabetes, there is no need to draw blood using the Freestyle Libre device. Photograph:  iStock

Adults with diabetes to wait until next year to see if HSE removes age limit on technology

HSE director general Paul Reid said more than 1,000 people in Ireland are carrying the most dangerous superbug, CPE, which is resistant to almost all antibiotics. Photograph: iStock

HSE chief warns over 1,000 people are carrying most dangerous superbug CPE

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Bray GP Rita Doyle tweeted  “would you wait and watch your father deteriorate before your eyes because he could not afford private healthcare?” Photograph:  Virginia Mayo/File Photo

Medical Council head asks Taoiseach if he would watch his father ‘deteriorate’

The biggest mumps outbreak in a decade continues, and the number of cases is still above normal levels. Photograph: iStock

Students at increased risk of disease when schools and colleges reopen next week

The HSE said that while it was a requirement for an early assessment to identify any risks, it was ‘not always appropriate or possible’ to meet this target. Photograph: iStock

FF’s Donnelly says HSE’s failure to meet its own targets ‘never ceases to astonish’

Vision screening among children entering school in the Republic is less comprehensive than in the North. Photograph: iStock

Study links disparity to socioeconomic disadvantage and poor compliance

MedLab cleared its 55,000 backlog of slides last week, the company confirmed on Sunday, and is no longer carrying out work for CervicalCheck.

Capacity may not be sufficient to clear backlog left as MedLab ends involvement

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said  he believes the two-tier pay system for consultants is unfair and needs to be rectified. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Government accused of ‘progressively destroying the fabric of hospital services’

Last June, Prof Ray O’Sullivan told The Irish Times he did not feel he needed to obtain consent before carrying out tests on the vaginas of five women patients. Photograph: Thinkstock

Ray O’Sullivan to challenge move linked to research consent issues in Kilkenny hospital

Rotunda hospital, location of one of the State’s 15 colposcopy clinics. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Clinical need will determine access to clinics as smear test backlog to be cleared in weeks

AMD  makes everyday tasks such as reading, watching TV, driving, or using computers more difficult and in some cases impossible.

‘Leaky blood vessels’ pre-dispose eye to age related macular degeneration, study finds

John O’Dwyer, chief Executive of Vhi. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Rise in subscriptions due to ‘ongoing market stability’

Surveys show three-quarters of Irish people have not taken illegal drugs. Is that a sign of the success, or the failure, of drugs policy? Photograph:  Paul Faith/PA Wire.

Harris argues for a compassionate approach, and promises ‘a helping hand instead of just a handcuff’

“There was little evidence that the unions were vocal in their disagreement with the new entrant salary reduction.” Photograph: Getty Images

Decision resulted in ‘unintended negative consequences’ by making it more difficult to recruit and retain doctors in public hospit(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris, Minister of State Catherine Byrne and Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan at the announcement of a new drugs policy at the Department of Health in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Force says dealers and couriers may ‘adapt’ to carry smaller, permitted amounts of drugs

Prof Alf Nicholson, paediatrician at Temple Street Children’s Hospital:  ‘What is new and most important is the longer-term impact of slapping, with increased rates of suicide, moderate to heavy drinking and substance abuse in adulthood.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Paediatrician says slapping is ineffective and can lead to poor outcomes in later life

The drug Orkambi, made by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, was approved for use in the Republic after a campaign by people with Cystic Fibrosis  and their families. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Breakthrough medicine Orkambi main factor behind 71% rise in sales

Minister for Health Simon Harris: The external review is in response to allegations made by a whistleblower about governance and administrative issues at the board. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Health orders external investigation in response to allegations about governance

HSE has agreed to reimburse Kuvan for up to 20pc of patients with rare metabolic disorder

It has taken the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly, to highlight our “defective” procedures for recruiting doctors over recent years.

Hospitals relying on junior doctors, as untrained ‘consultants’ threaten patient safety

Among its findings, the HSE report finds that doctors of ‘unknown professional standard’ continue to work in hospitals.

Review says hospitals’ reliance on ‘transient’ foreign doctors has created instability

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has written a series of letters to Minister for Health Simon Harris (above). Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Tusla and HSE at odds over who should pay for care of 34 vulnerable young adults

Because ‘Mary’ had turned 18, Tusla, the  agency providing for her care, felt hamstrung in relation to what action might be taken to protect her. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tusla continues to fund placements on ‘humanitarian and exceptional basis’

Irish doctors are “pushed” to emigrate by factors such as  health cuts, deteriorating working conditions and reductions in new entrant salaries for consultants. They are also influenced by “pull factors” in Australia such as good working conditions and staffing levels. File photograph: Getty

Doctors ‘pushed’ to emigrate by health cuts, poor conditions and new entrant salaries

St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny. Once the issue became known, the hospital stopped the tests, seized the equipment and informed the patients.

Patients to be briefed on contents of report before it is published

 St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny. Inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) have made urgent recommendations for change, after its inspectors visited the unit.

Death of two pregnant patients prompted outside investigations into St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny

Minister for Health Simon Harris ‘was gung-ho on getting in Repeal the Eighth - I think for cynical reasons - without preparing the system for the workload that was thrown upon it,’ says Kilkenny consultants Prof Ray O’Sullivan.  Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Move follows claim by four doctors that St Luke’s was not ‘an appropriate location’ for the service

A speculum is a tool used by doctors to investigate bodily orifices and is used by gynaecologists to open the vagina for examination. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

Obstetrician and gynaecologist’s work on new speculum raises bodily autonomy issues

Obstetrician and gynaecologist Prof Ray O’Sullivan says he did not feel he needed to obtain consent before carrying out tests on five women patients last year. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Kilkenny hospital referred matter to Medical Council and sought suspension of doctor

Studies have indicated one in every 165 Irish schoolchildren has an autism spectrum disorder, and the number of cases is increasing. Photograph: iStock

Experts cite ‘limited evidence’ linking a difficult labour to autism

The NAGP has struggled to collect subscriptions due from doctors due to ‘negative publicity’ in recent months, according to chief executive Chris Goodey.

Liquidator appointed to company behind the association of GPs

Given the lateness of the deferral of the strike, there still could be disruptions in hospitals and healthcare facilities. Photograph: iStock

Siptu warns of further possible strikes by healthcare assistants, lab aides and porters

Given the lateness of the deferral of the strike, there still could be some disruptions in hospitals and healthcare facilties.

Move follows intervention of the Workplace Relations Commission on Wednesday

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  indicated the appeal  was to obtain clarity on the legal position after the judgment by Mr Justice Kevin Cross caused widespread alarm among doctors.  Photograph: Fran Veale

Varadkar says appeal against High Court judgment is to obtain clarity

Dr Gabriel Scally: according to his report, disclosure of the audit occurred in just 43 cases. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Cabinet approves payments for women who were not informed of smear test audit

Hospital managers are warning of the potentially ‘crippling’ impact of the strike on hospital services

Industrial action by support staff would have significant impact on services, says HSE

Dr Michael Burnell  declined to co-operate with the professional competence scheme of the Medical Council.

Dr Michael Burnell told officials he was retired and had no intention of co-operating

Ruth Morrisse’s solicitor said on Monday his client had still not been told directly about the State Claims Agency’s appeal. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Barrister says it is not clear how the award could be ‘disconnected’ from an appeal

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

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