Tony Holohan

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Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

October 2014: Portiuncula Hospital identifies as an “unusual trend” the transfer of four newborns to Dublin for head-cooling, a treatment used to mini(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien at the  Oireachtas health committee. Image: Oireachtas TV screengrab

The director-general of the Health Service Executive, Tony O’Brien, has said he would not stand down from his role over the CervicalCheck controversy.(...)

 The publication of monthly “patient safety” reports was recommended by chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan in February 2014 following a review of maternity services at Portlaoise. File photograph: Getty Images

The monthly publication of “patient safety” reports on the State’s maternity hospitals can lead to the creation of “league tables” by the media and th(...)

In vitro fertilisation (IVF), computer illustration.

The use of frozen sperm, eggs or embryos after a person’s death by their partner will be permitted following a one-year grieving period under draft le(...)

Survey:  a total of 26,635 patients were invited to participate in May 2017. Some 13,706 took part, a response rate of 51 per cent. Photograph: Getty

The first National Patient Experience Survey has its origins in a desire by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) to see what was happen(...)

Clare Daly: she said “over 80 per cent of abortions are by pills”

The availability of free contraception in Ireland was “doable”, the chairwoman of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment said on Thursday af(...)

Chief medical officer Tony Holohan, Dr Kathleen MacLellan, director of the National Patient Safety Office, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, Minister for Health Simon Harris and chief veterinary officer Martin Blake at the launch of Ireland’ s National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has announced an emergency public health response to deal with the potentially fatal and antibiotic-resistant superbug known as CPE/CRE(...)

Cabinet’s open disclosure scheme will give medical professions legal protection for any information given following a patient safety incident. Photograph: Getty Images

Doctors will be allowed to admit to mistakes or accidents in their treatment of patients without accepting personal liability under new measures to be(...)

The National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street is one of the two hospitals which have so far stopped the monthly figures. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The two biggest Dublin maternity hospitals have stopped publishing monthly figures on baby deaths and serious incidents, just months after the publica(...)

More than 660 clinical incidents were reported in Irish maternity units last December, according to the first published statements detailing their per(...)

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