Staff  at Dundrum Town Centre in Dublin wear protective masks and screens as the centre reopens. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The signs from around the world are troubling. The United States has just reported its highest daily case figures so far in this pandemic. Localised o(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Minister for Health Simon Harris at a  press briefing in Dublin Castle on Thursday. Photograph: Julien Behal

The HSE is to end its €20 million lease of facilities at the Citywest Hotel complex in Dublin which it had been using during the Covid-19 emergency. (...)

Blackrock Clinic in May 2020. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

“We feared Armageddon,” says Debbie O’Neill, the clinical nurse manager of the intensive care unit in the Blackrock Clinic. “One of my colleagues put (...)

Some consultants working fully in the private sector are coming under pressure from private hospitals to sign up to the Government’s proposed new contract, a specialist has said. File photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

Some consultants working fully in the private sector are coming under pressure from private hospitals to sign up to the Government’s proposed new cont(...)

Insurance Ireland said each insurer has also committed to introducing specific customer supports for those who are facing financial difficulties as a direct result of Covid-19.

The country’s three largest health insurers have announced a series of refunds and rebates for customers following the Government’s effective takeover(...)

A  bed in the emergency department at the Mater Private clinic in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The State’s private hospitals will initially not be used to cater for people suffering from Covid-19; however, it is anticipated that this will chang(...)

The annual overruns in the health budget are as predictable now as the arrival of the first swallow. Photograph: Getty Images

No sooner was the Sláintecare implementation plan published when it started. The nurses said it would all collapse if the issue of their “inadequate p(...)

The PHA says many insured patients  end up being treated in public hospitals “simply because they were admitted through emergency departments”. Photograph: Getty Images

Private hospitals have said they will invest in staff and facilities to accommodate patients with health insurance who are currently seen in public ho(...)

Dr Kevin Kelleher  said samples from GPs in the community showed the B virus was accounting for 60%  of flu cases, while in hospitals and intensive care units it was accounting for 50% of cases

The HSE has said the current prevalence of both A and B flu viruses is “unusual”, and that this had only happened three times in the last 20 years. (...)

The Private Hospitals Association said the reduction in the number of surgical waiting lists had come as the pace of referrals of patients to private hospitals had increased. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hospital waiting list numbers rose again nationally in October by about 6,000, or almost 1 per cent, to 684,800. While the overall number rose, there(...)

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