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Benzodiazepine use by women over 65 in Ireland was 40% higher than for men. Photograph: iStock

People over 65 in Ireland are the highest consumers of benzodiazepine medicine in the OECD, according to a new report published on Monday. Benzodiazep(...)

A view of the construction site of The National Children’s Hospital. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Jack Horgan-Jones The head of the Health Service Executive (HSE) has confirmed the overspend on the national children’s hospital project could have a(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Stephen  Donnelly told the Oireachtas health committee the information from Dr Grainne Flannelly suggested Minister for Health Simon Harris had misled the Dáil for a second time. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Health Simon Harris has been accused of misleading the Dáil over his claim he received no contrary advice before offering free out-of-cyc(...)

HSE interim director general Anne O’Connor is unable to give a date for the introduction of the new testing service. Photograph: Alan Betson

The introduction of a new, more accurate test for cervical cancer is being delayed by a massive backlog of smear tests, an Oireachtas committee has he(...)

Work continues at the site of the new national children’s hospital at St James’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

June 2018 Just after lunch on Wednesday, June 20th, last year, the project director of the new national children’s hospital arrived at the Department(...)

A view of the construction site of The National Children’s Hospital. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Senior officials in the Department of Health were aware in September 2018 that the potential cost overruns at the new national children’s hospital wer(...)

Minister for Health  Simon Harris, Andrew Mc Dowell EIB vice-president, Werner Hoyer EIB president, Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at the signing of documents for the loan for the  children’s hospital in 2017. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The senior Department of Public Expenditure official who was on the board planning the national children’s hospital was appointed in a personal capaci(...)

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell raised concern on Thursday about why a senior official in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, who was also a prominent member of the hospital’s development board, did not raise concerns about the escalating costs. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) raised concerns nearly two years ago about governance arrangements for the development of the p(...)

Artist’s impressions of proposed new National Children’s Hospital at St James Hospital campus.

It is “highly unlikely” that the cost of the National Children’s Hospital will come in at under €2bn, the Public Accounts Committee heard Thursday mor(...)

Demand for prescriptions for inhalers and blood pressure drugs had increased, while patients on biologic medicines were concerned over supplies in pharmacies, the committee heard.

Irish patients have begun stockpiling drugs over fears of a disruptive Brexit, an Oireachtas committee has heard. This is despite official assurances(...)

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