Jim Breslin

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Tony O’Brien said that when pay for public service employees was being cut in the wake of the economic crash, “corollary high-level reductions” were made to gross funding of Section 39 organisations.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The HSE has said it has not received money from Government to allow organisations which it funds to restore pay cuts imposed after the economic crash.(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: in an email in 2015 to Leo Varadkar, the then Minister for Health, he said the percentage rule on private practice had become ‘a farce in practice’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The Government seems set to raise alleged breaches by hospital consultants of official private practice limits as part of its defence in landmark cour(...)

The State’s hospitals are expected to overspend by €80m this year

The Department of Health is deeply unhappy that the Health Service Executive’s spending is already €300 million ahead of budget. The HSE insists much (...)

Planning permission granted by An Bord Pleanála clears the way for the €300m new National Maternity Hospital project to proceed.

The National Maternity Hospital (NMH) is to remain in State ownership after it is built on the St Vincent’s hospital campus in south Dublin, under pro(...)

John Pepper, Group CEO, Saint John of God Group. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The St John of God organisation, which is at the centre of a controversy over revelations of massive salary top-ups for senior managers, has warned th(...)

An investigation ordered by Minister for Health Simon Harris into payments by drug companies to HSE staff has failed to establish whether any took place

The Health Service Executive says it does not know whether any of its senior staff have received direct payments from pharmaceutical companies. An in(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said it is  time for the spinning to stop and the talking to start, in the best interests of patients. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Health Simon Harris has told the US pharma company that makes Orkambi to “stop spinning” and get back into negotiations on a price for th(...)

The file on mental health spending reveals huge tensions between Mr Varadkar and Ms Lynch over the issue, both before and after last year’s budget. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar overstated the previous Government’s spending on mental health in a statement issued on budget day last year, according to one of his own(...)

A dispute over governance structures after the NMH ’s move from Holles Street to the St Vincent’s campus has delayed  a planning application for the €150 million project.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

St Vincent’s hospital and the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) have agreed to the appointment of a high-profile mediator to lead a final effort at re(...)

Additional funds requested to support hospitals and improve the flow of patients. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Health Service Executive proposed paying €1 million a weekend to get consultants to attend hospitals and to secure additional diagnostics for pati(...)

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