The HSE has reimbursed almost 5,000 procedures at a cost of €9.2 million since the EU Cross-Border Healthcare Directive came into force in 2014. Photograph:  Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Thousands of frustrated patients are heading overseas for medical treatment as waiting lists in Irish hospitals continue to soar, new figures show. T(...)

Irish laboratories were not able to bid for tenders because 60 laboratory scientists had been deployed to other work, the Medical Laboratory Scientists’ Association will tell the Oireachtas health committee, chaired by Independent TD Michael Harty. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Medical laboratory scientists will today tell TDs that they warned the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive a decade ago that foreign(...)

Assistant data protection commissioner Tony Delaney said no similar data protection investigation on this scale had ever previously been undertaken in the State.

Medical staff in a hospital were given access to patient files for their research and studies without the consent of the patients concerned, a major i(...)

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Up to 25,000 additional pharmaceutical manufacturing jobs could be created in Europe by 2025 with the Republic of Ireland in a strong position to gain(...)

The father of Savita Halappanavar has urged the public to remember his daughter and vote Yes in the upcoming abortion referendum this Friday. Ms Hala(...)

Vicky Phelan said  John Gleeson still had questions to answer about his role in the failure to tell affected women and to conceal audit results from the families of patients who had died. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

CervicalCheck gave instructions that a reference to “open disclosure” in letters to doctors, telling them about audits showing patients’ incorrect sme(...)

Oireachtas visit: Vicky Phelan gave evidence to the Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

What have we learned some three weeks into the ongoing CervicalCheck controversy? With details still emerging, there is a pervasive fear of further ba(...)

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell told health officials: “In the world of science, we like to separate fact and feelings.” Photograph: Eric Luke

More shock, more indignation, more disbelief – another day, another Oireachtas committee hearing into missed smear tests that should have flagged canc(...)

The Government’s approval ratings have slumped in recent weeks, with a large decline among women in the wake of the cervical cancer screening scandal.(...)

Labour TD Alan Kelly expressed dismay that the only achievement in six months since a colposcopists’ meeting in terms of informing women about the clinical audit was “a leaflet” for patients.

CervicalCheck was drafting a leaflet as recently as last March to send out to women with cervical cancer to ask if they wanted to receive details of a(...)

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