The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation wants a ratio of one nurse to four patients in busy wards and one midwife for every 29.5 births in maternity units. Photograph: Getty Images

A taskforce on staffing levels in nursing has been announced by Minister for Health James Reilly. The announcement comes as the Irish Nurses and Midwi(...)

Mount Carmel Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Department of Health said that buying the former Mount Carmel hospital would unnecessarily expose the HSE(...)

Former Central Remedial Clinic chief executive Paul Kiely: extra €136,000 in addition to his salary.

The Department of Health has said that publication of the HSE’s initial findings on top- up payments in the h(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher said he would be writing to the Ceann Comhairle to seek an investigation.

Officials at the highest levels in the Department of Health were made aware of top-up payments being paid to the then head of the Central Remed(...)

Secretary general of the Department of Health Ambrose McLoughlin

Serving hospital consultants who move to another position within the public health system will not face a 30 per cent reduction in pay, under r(...)

Tony O’Brien, director general of the HSE, said: ‘Some very significant areas of planned expenditure’ had been edited from the list of proposed developments in a bid to reduce the level of funding it was seeking ‘in light of the emerging estimates picture’. Photograph: Alan Betson

The director general of the HSE, Tony O’Brien, warned the Government that a failure to provide funding for its proposed key developments for this y(...)

Chronic diseases are frequently brought about by poor diet, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and lack of exercise. Photograph: Getty Images

Over half of premature deaths are now due to patient behaviour and social factors, while only 10 per cent are due to medical factors, a healthcare con(...)

Department of Health secretary general Ambrose McLoughlin has told the Public Accounts Committee that the department will be insisting on the introduction of a system of regular independent governance audits.

The Mater Hospital has strongly denied that it receives a fee of more than €600,000 from the Central Remedial Clinic for administering a pension schem(...)

Department of Health secretary general Ambrose McLoughlin said medical card application processing was now carried out on an equitable and consistent basis using standard operating procedures.

More than 6,300 people who previously held discretionary medical cards were found to be ineligible following reviews carried out this year, HSE offi(...)

Government policy is to support older people to live in their own homes for as long as possible, the  Nursing Homes Ireland annual conference has been told.   File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government has warned nursing home owners that extra residential places may not be provided to meet an ageing population and more older people may(...)

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