Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan (right) and  Prof Philip Nolan, chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Numbers can illuminate, or numbers can confuse. The true scale of Covid-19 deaths is contested globally. Equally so in Ireland, where mortality rates (...)

Of 273 patients who required a CT brain scan in 2018, 48 per cent got one within an hour. Photograph: iStock

Thousands of people suffer major trauma each year as a result of often preventable falls and other incidents at home, according to a new report. Desp(...)

The risk of a patient dying in hospital from heart attack, a type of stroke or pneumonia has fallen significantly over the past decade, according to the latest report from the National Office of Clinical Audit (Noca). Photograph: Alan Betson

The risk of a patient dying in hospital from heart attack, a type of stroke or pneumonia has fallen significantly over the past decade, according to t(...)

There was a reduction of 35 per cent in the mortality rate for heart attack since 2009, from 74 to 48 deaths per 1,000 admissions. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The risk of a patient dying in hospital from heart attack, stroke or pneumonia has fallen dramatically over the past decade, a new report shows. In c(...)

The Irish health service is still relatively poor at measuring things compared to, say, Britain’s national health service, but the situation is improving. Photograph: Alan Betson

There is nothing more likely to drive hospital managers and many of their staff apoplectic than talk of league tables to compare performance. And yet(...)

There is no excuse for ignoring the crisis in ICU care. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Most patients admitted to hospital in the Republic will not require treatment in an intensive care unit (ICU). But for those who do, the professional (...)

Dr Arlyng Gonzalez-Vazquez and Prof Fergal O’Brien: “If we can at least target early intervention to try to restore bone to healthy levels in older people that would be a huge advance,” says Prof O’Brien

The remarkable bone-healing powers of children have been transferred into adult cells in a major breakthrough by scientists based in Ireland. Scient(...)

At the moment, 26 hospitals offer trauma care services in the State. But not a single one has all the necessary trauma services on site and one-in-five patients have to be transferred to a second hospital.

When it comes to choosing between their own welfare and the retention of an inefficient system, people sometimes opt for the latter. This became a rec(...)

Only one in five hip fracture patients were discharged home directly following surgery, according to the latest Irish Hip Fracture Database report. Photograph: Alan Betson

Seven out of every 10 patients who fracture their hip are operated on within 48 hours of being admitted to an emergency department, a new report shows(...)

The number of patients dying in hospital after presenting with a heart attack has almost halved over the past decade, the first audit of hospital mortality rates has shown. File photograph: Vincent Hazat/PhotoAlto/Getty

The number of patients dying in hospital after presenting with a heart attack has almost halved over the past decade, the first audit of hospital mort(...)

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