There were 359 patients waiting for a hospital bed yesterday, up on the same day in 2014 (227 patients) and 2013 (242). Photograph: Frank Miller

Measures introduced by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to bring down inpatient and outpatient waiting lists are having an adverse effect on the numbe(...)

There are too many hospital emergency departments in the country and it is not sustainable to run them all properly, the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM) has said. The association was commenting after a Health Information and Quality Authority report on Portlaoise Hospital (above), published last week, found that all levels in the HSE were aware of patient safety risks at the hospital but failed to act on them.

There are too many hospital emergency departments in the country and it is not possible to run them all adequately, the Irish Association for Emergenc(...)

“If you have an overcrowded emergency department, your chances of dying increase and that is a proven fact,” said Dr Fergal Hickey, an emergency medicine consultant.

Somewhere between 300 and 350 people will die between now and this time next year due to overcrowding in our emergency departments, an emergency medic(...)

Ambulances outside Beaumont Hospital in Dublin on January 6th, 2015, as the overcrowding crisis in Irish hospitals reaches new record proportions with more than 600 patients on trolleys. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Health Service Executive believes the worst of the hospital emergency department overcrowding crisis may not be over and that the situation could (...)

In April, ambulance crews waited an average 35 minutes to hand over patients  at  Limerick Regional. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

When an ambulance is delayed at an emergency department (ED) not only is the patients enduring additional distress, but the ambulance is denied to som(...)