Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: Argued that a patient-safety body within the HSE would never win public acceptance. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The creation of a new patient advocacy service to provide advice and support to users of the health service is to be announced by Minister for Heal(...)

Leo Varadkar was accused of touting for business for insurers as he encouraged people to take out private health insurance. Photograph: Alan Betson

Barely one in four of the Government’s ambitious promises in health have been fully implemented since 2011, an analysis of the programme for Governmen(...)

In May 2012, then minister for health Dr James Reilly described the proposed patient safety authority as “a key component” of his health reform programme. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government has dropped plans to establish a patient safety authority on a statutory basis, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed.The authority was (...)

Róisin and Mark Molloy lost their baby just 22 minutes after his birth at the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Minister for Health James Reilly has spoken of the “dehumanising nature of the way some people were dealt with” in the cases of the four families whos(...)