Fergal Hickey

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Minister for Health  Simon Harris said he hoped the dispute would be referred to the Labour Court today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has said a strike by 10,000 health service support staff on Wednesday will have a significant impact on services in(...)

Nurses on the picket line at James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown, on Wednesday. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Nurses began their campaign of industrial action yesterday buoyed up by widespread public support, but whether this can be maintained remains to be se(...)

IMO president Dr Peadar Gilligan warned overcrowding will remain an issue if recommendations are not followed. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/ SON Photographic

The number of patients on hospital trolleys could exceed 1,000 at times this winter, a doctors’ conference has heard. Speaking at an event in Dublin (...)

The record numbers on trolleys are the result of a “perfect storm” caused by the flu season and the Christmas and New Year holidays, according to HSE national director Damien McCallion. Image: iStock

The number of patients waiting on trolleys in hospitals across the State, which reached a record 656 on Tuesday, could get worse before it gets better(...)

Emergency Departments remained open on Tuesday. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Emergency departments in all the State’s hospitals remained open on Tuesday despite up to 20 locum doctors failing to report for duty after their pay (...)

The conference was told by Dr Fergal Hickey “the only reason that cocaine doesn’t get the bad press that it should get is that it’s deemed to be a middle-class or upper-class drug.”

The introduction of roadside drug testing may be having the inadvertent effect of tackling the “epidemic” of over-the-counter painkiller abuse in Irel(...)

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher has called for a Government initiative to increase bed capacity in hospitals

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher has called for a Government initiative to increase bed capacity in hospitals. “Overall, in the past numb(...)

Fergal Hickey says there has been little discussion about patients who do badly after being ‘warehoused’ in EDs on trolleys. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Patients who are over 75 years of age and on a trolley for more than 12 hours are much less likely to be able to return home to an independent existen(...)

Enda Kenny told the Dáil the Government will not be doing back to the ‘drawing board’ with the health budget. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has ruled out revising the Government’s health budget. He was replying in the Dáil on Wednesday to Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams(...)

Up to 350 patients are dying each year as a result of capacity constraints in intensive care units, the annual conference of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association has been told.

Up to 350 patients are dying each year as a result of capacity constraints in intensive care units, the annual conference of the Irish Hospital Consul(...)

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