The Health Service Executive  says the €4.1 million provided for the National Maternity Strategy  this year is the “existing level of service funding” needed to pay for posts approved in previous years. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Funding for new developments in the National Maternity Strategy has been halted, just three years after the plan was unveiled by then minister for hea(...)

The Coombe began providing abortion services last month after calling for a delay in introducing the procedure. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Coombe hospital in Dublin is seeking a new head as the existing master, Dr Sharon Sheehan, completes her seven-year term this year. One of the la(...)

Abortion precondition runs counter to a doctor’s constitutional and human right to freedom of conscience, say bishops.

The Catholic bishops have expressed regret at pre-conditions for applicants in recent advertisements for medical posts at the National Maternity Hospi(...)

Teresa McCreery: “I have seen women give birth, in the most difficult of circumstances, and I remain in awe of women’s resilience in adversity.”

A bright moon is shining into my room in Kirkuk. The street traffic is quiet tonight, but I can hear the chant of prayers from the mosque, despite the(...)

The Rotunda Hospital. Photograph: David Sleator

State-owned hospitals should provide abortions in situations where neighbouring Catholic institutions are unwilling to do so, a new report suggests. (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris ordered the HSE to investigate, describing as “extraordinarily concerning and disturbing” the thought that “anyone’s patient details could be leaked”. Photograph: Tom Honan

The National Maternity Hospital has assured women about the safety of its IT systems following an alleged breach of patient information last month inv(...)

The NMH said the posts were being funded from an allocation from the HSE for the provision of termination-of-pregnancy services. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in Holles Street has confirmed that two recently advertised consultant posts will be available only to doctors w(...)

The Coombe Hospital in Dublin is one of  nine of the State’s 19 maternity hospitals to offer abortion services so far. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Coombe Women and Infant’s University Hospital has begun offering abortion services, but only for women in its catchment area. The Coombe is the l(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris  described as ‘extraordinarily concerning and disturbing’ the thought that ‘anyone’s patient details could be leaked’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Health Simon Harris has ordered the Health Service Executive to investigate an alleged breach of patient information in relation to a wom(...)

Karen McEvoy, who died a week after giving birth in the Coombe hospital,  and  Barry Kelly. Neither Mr Kelly nor his solicitor, Niamh O’Brien, has been provided with an interim postmortem result, a death certificate or any of Ms McEvoy’s medical notes.

Partners and families left grieving after the death of a woman during or soon after childbirth must be given information about what happened as soon a(...)

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