Ireland’s cervical screening programme, CervicalCheck, uses three principal laboratories to process screenings: MedLab Pathology,  Quest Diagnostics  and the Coombe Hospital. File photograph: iStockPhoto

CPL laboratories, the US company at the centre of the cervical cancer screening scandal in Ireland, has declined to comment on the deepening controver(...)

Dr Fitzpatrick has resigned from the board overseeing the relocation of the hospital to a religious-owned site at St Vincent’s. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The HSE says it regrets the decision by former master of the Coombe Dr Chris Fitzpatrick to resign from his role in planning the relocation of the Nat(...)

A report shows 26 abortions were carried out in Ireland last year under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act

Professor Sam Coulter-Smith, a former Master of the Rotunda Hospital, says Irish women’s freedom to travel to the UK for an abortion could be in doubt(...)

“It’s an unusual house,” says Sam Coulter-Smith, former master of the Rotunda Hospital, with what must also be a mastery of understatement. Perched o(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: “It’s absolutely essential that people can have confidence in their maternity services, and I see a speedy conclusion of these reports, so the facts can be known, as a very important part of that confidence.”    Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Just one out of four investigations into baby deaths at Cavan General Hospital since 2012 has been completed, it has emerged. The deaths of two babie(...)

Court: “I believe that little was to be gained by prosecuting the young woman [who took abortion pills]  in Northern Ireland”

A young woman called Jade Rees died by suicide recently in Britain. In her suicide note, she made reference to not being able to cope with her recent (...)

Master of the Rotunda Hospital Sam Coulter-Smith: said issues around abortion legislation were complex but the legislation ‘doesn’t help the situation’. Photograph: Eric Luke

The absence of a gestational age limit in the State’s current abortion legislation creates a challenge for doctors, the master of the Rotunda Hospita(...)

Sam Coulter Smith, master of the Rotunda. “We are still seeing good quality people but they are not coming back in the same numbers. There isn’t the same level of competition for jobs as there might have been in years gone by.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The medical brain drain is leading to a “dumbing-down” in the quality of doctors in Ireland, the master of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin has warne(...)

Dr Sam Coulter-Smith said standalone maternity units should be a thing of the past. Photograph: Getty Images

The master of Dublin’s oldest maternity hospital has attacked “sensationalist” and “out of context” reporting of high profile birth cases which served(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The release yesterday of the first report by the Health Service Executive on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act was a deliberately low-key af(...)

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