Michael Harty

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Clare GP Dr Michael Harty: to stand in general election as Independent. Photograph: Eamon Ward/NAGP

Clare doctor Michael Harty will run as an Independent candidate in the general election as part of the campaign to secure local GPs in rural Ireland. (...)

Fingal Home Care, a not-for-profit company which receives funding of €5.5 million a year from the HSE, says it is in a secure position to provide services and is looking forward to a ‘more secure future’. File photograph: Getty Images

A leading provider of home help has sought to reassure clients and staff after a HSE audit raised questions about salary, bonuses, travel allow(...)

The report, Health’s Ageing Crisis: Time for Action, prepared by chartered accountants group BDO, says there will be a shortfall of 4,200 nursing home beds by 2016 and 8,000 beds by 2021.

Ireland is facing a demographic “time bomb”, according to the authors of a report on the future of Ireland’s nursing homes commissioned (...)

Home help services provided directly by the HSE or by voluntary or private service providers are subject to guidelines.  Photograph: Alan Betson

If minimum international best standards for home help and homecare services were introduced immediately, some providers would have difficulty meeting(...)

Vulnerable older people are being exposed to the risk of abuse and mistreatment due to an absence of home help inspections, unpublished records show.A(...)

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