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Minister for Health Simon Harris: says it is recognised the delivery of healthcare is an “inherently risky activity” and it is inevitable things may go wrong on occasion.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Providing healthcare is an “inherently risky activity” and up to 16 per cent of patients admitted to the State’s hospitals may be experiencing adverse(...)

Health: The weakest link

The bulk of health service research focuses on health professionals and disease. Which makes the first ever national survey of patient experience in h(...)

It is important to acknowledge the high levels of overall satisfaction expressed by patients for healthcare professionals in the survey.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) national patient survey maps out the journey Irish patients take when they are admitted to hospita(...)

Survey:  a total of 26,635 patients were invited to participate in May 2017. Some 13,706 took part, a response rate of 51 per cent. Photograph: Getty

The first National Patient Experience Survey has its origins in a desire by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) to see what was happen(...)

Overall, 54%  of people said they had a very good experience in an Irish hospital and 30%  a good experience. Some 16% rated  their time in care as fair to poor. Photograph: Getty

Half of all patients in Irish hospitals say they have trouble finding staff members to talk to about their “worries and fears” over treatment, a major(...)

A Hiqa inspection at Áras Attracta, HSE-managed care facility for adults with intellectual disabilities in Swinford, Co Mayo,  last May revealed a “significant deterioration in the safety arrangements and quality of life experienced by most residents”.

Some 86 people continue to live in unsafe conditions at Áras Attracta, a HSE-managed care facility for adults with intellectual disabilities in Swinfo(...)

Leo Varadkar: The political crisis reveals a malaise that goes much deeper than the department of justice

The word of the week is “dysfunctional”. Leo Varadkar used it on Tuesday to describe the Department of Justice in the most brutal attack on an arm of (...)

Hiqa will make a further unannounced inspection at Áras Attracta before deciding whether to close

Minister of State for Disabilities, Finian McGrath, must intervene “immediately” to close Áras Attracta, a HSE-managed care facility for adults with i(...)

 Hiqa inspectors said that despite their concerns, Oberstown was now in a more “positive place” than it was last year. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

A child in the Oberstown youth detention facility had to wait several weeks for an X-ray on a suspected wrist injury because he was deemed a security (...)

An unannounced inspection by the health authority found female staff working in isolation were vulnerable to assaults by residents. Photograph: Istock

Assaults, spitting incidents and attacks on staff occurred in three disability centres run by the same operator, according to reports by the State’s h(...)

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