There has been a 2,000 jump in the number of outpatients waiting longer than 15 months compared to the previous month.

More than 535,000 people were on public hospital waiting lists last month, marking another record in a three-year upward trend. The numbers waiting f(...)

Fine Gael Senator Colm Burke: A number of operators had said to him when a price was fixed, at different levels, they had no right of appeal. Photograph: Tony O’Connell Photography

Private nursing home operators are complaining they cannot appeal fixed prices for residents, Fine Gael Senator Colm Burke has said. He told the Sean(...)

The precise date for the introduction of increased welfare payments has still not been agreed.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil and the Government have still not agreed the precise date for the introduction of increased welfare payments. A dispute between the two s(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Refom Paschal Donohoe gives his speech.

In making my first Estimates Statement to the Dáil, I am aware that my responsibility differs from that of my predecessor in his first year in Office.(...)

Social welfare payments and the State pension are to increase by €5 per week and the three lowest rates of the Universal Social Charge (USC) are to fa(...)

Almost 535,000 people were on public hospital waiting lists at the end of September, up more than 26,000 since last May when Simon Harris was appointed Minister for Health. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Hospital waiting lists rose again last month to record levels, for the fifth straight month since Simon Harris became Minister for Health. Almost 535(...)

In the Dáil last June, Minister of State at the Department of Health Helen McEntee said “more complex and highly dependent residents are catered for by the public system, whereby private nursing homes may not have the available skill set and multidisciplinary personnel to cater for such complex needs”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The publication of new figures on the cost of running public nursing homes will undoubtedly lead to an outcry from private operators who will claim th(...)

With 157 beds, Brídhaven Nursing Home in  Mallow, Co Cork, is one of the largest privately run homes in Ireland. File photograph: Google Street View

“The last few years have been tough going. It’s all been about cutting the fat off from the business,” says Paul Rochford, who runs Brídhaven Nursing (...)

Rolling theatre closures are familiar now to all surgeons across Ireland. Photograph: iStock

There are many factors which are intensifying the problems facing the health system but one that is undeniably central is the shocking shortage of bed(...)

Hundreds of families with inherited conditions who have been waiting up to two years for an appointment at the State’s main genetics centre are being deprived of their entitlement to treatment abroad. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Hundreds of families with inherited conditions who have been waiting up to two years for an appointment at the State’s main genetics centre are being (...)

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