Dr Peter Van Geene was the subject of a fitness to practise hearing in 2015, after allegations were made against him by four women patients at Aut Even private hospital in Kilkenny. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

An obstetrician who was previously found guilty of poor professional performance has had a fresh finding made against him by the Medical Council. Dr(...)

Prof Michael O’Connell is the new master at the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital on Cork Street in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Plans to move the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital in Dublin to a site by the new national children’s hospital at St James’s are unlikel(...)

A conference at the Royal College of Surgeons was told on-call doctors  should be paid more than their part-time equivalents. Photograph: Getty Images/iStock

Doctors should be paid more to work in provincial hospitals which are otherwise “facing the abyss”, a conference on reducing risk in surgery has been (...)

 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

A couple who terminated a pregnancy after misleading test results suggested a fatal foetal abnormality are to make a formal complaint to the Data Prot(...)

Ruth Morrissey and her husband Paul speaking outside Dublin’s High Court last week. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA

Screening services should not be “paused” on foot of the High Court ruling in the case of terminally-ill Limerick woman Ruth Morrissey who sued over h(...)

Dr Cliona Murphy: “I thought I would see more women coming into the hospitals,” says the chairwoman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Photograph: Tom Honan

The 100th day of Ireland’s new abortion service was marked last Thursday in the same way as all the previous days – by a conspicuous lack of comment. (...)

Nurses on the picket line at James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown, on Wednesday. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Nurses began their campaign of industrial action yesterday buoyed up by widespread public support, but whether this can be maintained remains to be se(...)

A multidisciplinary team was constituted at the Coombe hospital in Dublin earlier this month to consider the case of a patient whose foetus had been diagnosed with a foetal anomaly. File photograph: Getty Images

Decisions on whether or not to provide terminations in cases of foetal anomaly should be reached by multidisciplinary teams of doctors on a consensus (...)

Coombe wrote to woman: “As you are aware, your foetus has been diagnosed with a complex foetal anomaly.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The woman who was refused a termination after a complex anomaly was diagnosed was informed in writing medics were “not of the reasonable opinion” the (...)

About 2-3 per cent of pregnancies are complicated by congenital abnormalities, of which about 15 per cent are life-limiting or potentially so. Photograph: Getty

Surgical terminations after 12 weeks are unlikely to be widely available in Ireland this year, according to new guidelines on the treatment of babies (...)

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