The report criticises Cherry Orchard Hospital nursing home for housing residents in four ‘very poor quality’ buildings, which ‘do not provide acceptable bedroom accommodation, communal or toilet facilities’.  Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 40 nursing homes run by the Health Service Executive (HSE) are housing residents in rooms or buildings that do not meet healthcare standards(...)

A child protection conference is held in cases where children may be at risk of ongoing harm. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

The healthcare watchdog has criticised a three-month delay in organising a key child protection conference for a young infant at risk of significant h(...)

The child and family agency had received more than 5,600 referrals last year, up from 3,842 in 2019. Photograph: iStock

At-risk children in north Dublin continue to face “unacceptable” waits before social workers assess referrals made to Tusla, the child and family agen(...)

Inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) found there were insufficient numbers of staff on duty at the Camphill centre in Ballymoney, Co Wexford.

Residents with intellectual disabilities in a care home run by Camphill Communities remained at risk of “financial abuse” due to governance and oversi(...)

St John of God Community Services is funded by the HSE to provide services to 8,000 children and adults on behalf of the State. Photograph: iStock

St John of God charity has paused plans to transfer responsibility for providing disability services to thousands of children and adults to the Health(...)

The only countries of the 19 reviewed that had lower hospitalisation rates than Ireland were Israel, Norway, Denmark, and Czechia. File image: Getty images

The Covid-19 situation across Europe is “deteriorating” due to the spread of the Delta variant, however Ireland currently has one of the lowest rates (...)

Despite improvements, the State’s healthcare watchdog has said delays from Tusla in notifying the Garda about cases of suspected child abuse in the Kerry area remain.

Delays from Tusla, the child and family agency, in notifying the Garda about cases of suspected child abuse in the Kerry area remains an issue, despit(...)

The lack of action from Tusla had been a “failure to protect children and families, leading to an increase in the number of those children impacted over the last 18 months”. Photograph:  Tom Honan

A Tusla staff member was allowed to work with vulnerable children in State care for a “significant period” without proper Garda vetting, in full knowl(...)

Asked for comment, Sunbeam House chief executive Joe Lynch said he could not discuss individual cases.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A woman with a severe intellectual disability was “unlawfully” restrained repeatedly while in the care of a Co Wicklow charity, with the organisation (...)

Since November there has been 193 outbreaks of Covid-19 in nursing homes, community hospitals and long-stay residential units, accounting for 4,096 cases and 262 deaths.  Photograph: Getty Images

Healthcare staff deemed to be close contacts of Covid-19 cases have continued working in some residential care facilities rather than restricting thei(...)

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