The HSE’s chief clinical officer warned there would be “reduced levels of care” in emergency departments and hospitals on Wednesday. Dr Colm Henry  said even if the strike was called off it would not be a case of normal service resuming. Photograph: Getty Images

Unions said on Monday night that preparations were continuing for a major national strike by nurses as last-minute attempts continued in the Labour Co(...)

Nurses are due to hold a national one-hour work stoppage this Wednesday. Photograph: Collins

The Labour Court has intervened in an attempt to avert a planned national strike by nurses scheduled to take place on Wednesday. The Irish Nurses and(...)

There are too many hospital emergency departments in the country and it is not sustainable to run them all properly, the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM) has said. The association was commenting after a Health Information and Quality Authority report on Portlaoise Hospital (above), published last week, found that all levels in the HSE were aware of patient safety risks at the hospital but failed to act on them.

There are too many hospital emergency departments in the country and it is not possible to run them all adequately, the Irish Association for Emergenc(...)