Earlier this week the State Claims Agency advised that specimens should not be accepted by private hospitals from medical specialists who had not signed up to the HSE’s proposed locum ‘Type A’ contract. Photograph: iStock

A controversial ban on private hospitals, now run by the State, from testing samples for potential cancers submitted by consultants who have not signe(...)

One consultant said he had been told that a planned urgent procedure on a patient with cancer had been cancelled. File image: Getty

Some private sector medical consultants have claimed they have been forced to stop carrying out procedures because the Government has withdrawn insura(...)

Many IHCA private consultants have expressed concern at the implications of this move on the continuity of care for their existing private patients. File photograph: Bloomberg

Hospital consultants who treat public patients in private hospitals that have been effectively taken into the public system as part of the Government’(...)

The chance of a blood donor having to be admitted to hospital overnight is  given as one in 26,113.

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) is being sued by four donors who allege they were injured when giving blood. The donors, who have donated (...)

Ethan O’Brien and Luke McLoughlin at the results of an art competition for  the International Day of People with Disabilities. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Rising insurance costs are among a number of issues threatening the future survival of disability organisations providing vital services to tens of th(...)

Medical negligence cases are set to cost a record €374 million next year

Health Editor Medical-negligence cases are set to cost a record €374 million next year, according to actuarial estimates provided to the State Claim(...)

The State Claims Agency last week said it had paid out €208 million in damages to plaintiffs in relation to medical negligence cases since the start of the year. Photograph: iStock

Doctors have called on the Government to reform the system for resolving medical negligence cases as it emerged more than €265 million has been paid o(...)

Members of Action Lariam for Irish Soldiers protesting outside the Dáil in 2015. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Department of Defence spent more than €6 million on personal injury settlements and legal costs last year, an increase of 90 per cent. It marked (...)

The estimated cost of settling outstanding claims made against the State has increased dramatically in recent years, from €1 billion to more than €3.1(...)

The Department of Education said it has granted emergency funding to nine schools facing insurance cost increases

Nine special education schools received emergency funding from the State because they were threatened with closure as a result of spiralling insurance(...)

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