'Years of deliberately-ignored reports caused chairman of the Mental Health Commission John Saunders to call out the Government.' Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It is a rare and refreshing event when a statutory body bites the hand that feeds it. Such organisations worry that any blunt criticism of government (...)

Jim Daly says the government is working on a ‘radical’ transformation of mental health services. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The Government is working on a “radical” transformation of mental health services by directing sufferers to the internet rather than visiting doctors (...)

The commission noted the inability of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services workers to admit children after hours. File photograph: Getty Images

The number of children placed in adult mental health units rose by 20 per cent last year despite repeated calls for the practice to end. The Mental H(...)

A patient is prepared to receive ECT at a hospital in North Carolina. Photograph: Getty Images

A law curtailing the use of Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) on involuntary mental health patients did not result in fewer people receiving the treatm(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: We need to find a way we can have accountability at regional level.

The Government wants to pare back the existing HSE structures and devolve more to the regions, the Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. Answeri(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: said it is “not acceptable” Dr  Gabriel Scally is facing resistance from State bodies. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The chair of the scoping inquiry into the CervicalCheck controversy has criticised the Health Service Executive for a continuing delay in providing do(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris will bring the Heads of the Patient Safety Bill to Cabinet.  File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Nine new legal cases have been initiated against the National Screening Service by women claiming their cervical cancer was misdiagnosed. The State C(...)

The unpublished “value for money” review of the Irish Prison Service dog unit, by GBS International, cost over €14,400. File photograph: Getty Images

The Department of Justice spent nearly €1 million on consultancy reports in recent years, including a “value for money” review of the prison service’s(...)

There are “ongoing concerns” about the safety of residents, risk management and staffing at the Lois Bridges centre, particularly in relation to seriously physically ill residents with anorexia nervosa. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

A centre providing care and treatment for adults with eating disorders has been ordered to stop admitting seriously ill patients after an inspection f(...)

New standards are to be developed for the health and social care sectors to safeguard vulnerable adults and to protect them from physical, financial, (...)

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