Hospitals that failed to meet targets set by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to reduce waiting lists face fines totalling €5.8 million. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Fines totalling €5.8 million have been levied on hospitals that failed to meet targets set by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar for reducing waiting l(...)

Hospital waiting lists continued to rise in September. Photograph: Getty Images

Hospital waiting lists continued to rise in September despite tens of millions of euro pumped into the health system by Minister for Health Leo Varadk(...)

Dr Peter Van Geene. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A ruling on the Medical Council inquiry into consultant gynaecologist Peter van Geene is not expected until the end of this month after the inquiry w(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has stoutly defended his record, saying  that a wide range of measures have been put in place by the HSE to improve performance. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times.

An additional €18 million is to be spent on providing more hospital beds over the winter and ease pressure on the health service, Minister for Health (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Hospital waiting lists have worsened dramatically in the two months since Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s target date for their elimination. The nu(...)

Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Peter Van Geene during the Medical Council fitness-to-practise inquiry at Kingram House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

An obstetrician accused of poor professional performance should have stopped carrying out hysterectomies if there were repeated complications, a Medic(...)

‘Priorities should  turn to engagement with users of the services (the proposed Working Group makes no mention of them) . . .’ Photograph: Getty Images

One of the great advances of the last century is that nearly all of us will live longer and with less disability than recent generations. A part of th(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar claims to have substantially achieved his goal of ensuring no patient is on a waiting list for 18 months.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar claims to have substantially achieved his goal of ensuring no patient is on a waiting list for 18 months. By the end (...)

‘The latest data shows a decrease in the number of nursing homes operating in Ireland, from 447 in 2010 to 437 in 2014. Despite this there has been a 9 per cent increase in private and voluntary nursing home bed numbers – 20,590 to 22,342.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Today marks the beginning of Nursing Homes Week 2015, a campaign by Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) featuring countrywide events and activities celebratin(...)

Some 338 patients were on trolleys or in extra ward beds in emergency departments waiting for admission to hospital on Monday, according to  the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Hospital waiting lists have risen again to record levels, according to the latest monthly figures. Almost 415,000 people were waiting for outpatient a(...)

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