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Warnings have been issued  of a potential time bomb facing the health and care sector due to delays making capital improvements in nursing homes and disability residential centres. File photograph: Getty

Nearly 80 residential care centres for people with disabilities and around 45 nursing homes are at risk of closure as their physical premises do not m(...)

Hiqa investigated the mishandling of a false allegation against Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The health watchdog has urged Tusla, the child and family agency, to take urgent action to address serious shortcomings in how it manages allegations (...)

Fred McBride, chief executive of Tusla, said he is “unclear” how publication of the review could interfere with the Section 9 investigation.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The continued refusal by health watchdog Hiqa to publish a largely positive report on the Child and Family Agency, Tusla, is undermining child social (...)

In children’s services, the report noted, “more work is needed to ensure all children receive a service that is appropriate to their assessed needs”. Photograph: Getty Images

Ongoing crises in child-protection services and protection of vulnerable adults in State-funded services are highlighted in a report from the Health (...)

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn described  current approach to the health service as “disjointed and reactionary”.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ireland should seek to move to a commissioning model of care similar to that used by the NHS in Britain, the Health Information and Quality Authority (...)

Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise: Hiqa says it is at a “critical juncture” because of continuing safety concerns.

The Government is facing a politically contentious decision in the Midlands after an official report raised concerns over safety standards at Midland (...)

The authority carried out 741 inspections at 561 disability centres in 2015.  Inspection reports were published in 577 cases and only 49 of these found no action was required to comply with national standards.

Only 8 per cent of inspections, carried out last year at disability centres, and reported on by the Health Information and Quality Authority, resulte(...)

The Health Information and Quality Authority found significant delays at Tusla in assessing the needs of children and families where there were reports of suspected abuse or neglect. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Serious concern over the safety of children at risk has prompted the State’s health watchdog to review national governance at Tusla, the Child and Fam(...)

A State watchdog has expressed "grave concern" over the volume of welfare or abuse issues relating to asylum-seeking children living in State-(...)

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn has called on Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to establish an oversight committee in the Department of Health to ensure the recommendations in the report on Portlaoise hospital are implemented. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Political commitment is vital to ensure the recommendations in the report on Portlaoise hospital are implemented and improvements made to the safety o(...)

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