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Elderly in hospital: figures show eight in-patients are categorised as declining to leave hospital. Photograph:    John Stillwell/PA

Elderly patients who remain in hospital beds, despite no longer requiring treatment, often do so because available nursing home spaces are considered(...)

Padraig McGarry of the Irish Medical Organisation (with former minister for health Leo Varadkar):  said GPs were reaching a ‘breaking point’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) has said it has hundreds of beds available to help relieve pressure on hospitals continuing to struggle under the pressure(...)

‘We’re going to make significant investment in the public nursing home system,’ Minister for Health Simon Harris  said.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The discrepency between costs in public and private nursing homes may be down to different levels of care, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. (...)

An endoscopy room at  St Lukes Hospital in Kilkenny. Photograph Dylan Vaughan.

About 3,000 people who are awaiting endoscopy procedures are to be fast-tracked through the health system following a €1 million investment in outsou(...)

 Liam Doran, general secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Liam Doran General secretary of the INMO What were the biggest wins in healthcare in 2015? A significant development on paper was the recommenc(...)

A shortage of nursing home places, particularly in Dublin, is a major factor causing hospital overcrowding.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A severe shortage of nursing home places in the Dublin area is set to ease with the creation of 1,500 privately run beds over the next five years. Mo(...)

INMO general secretary  Liam Doran. The organisation said there was no alternative to the refurbishment due to  pressures to maintain all available long stay and nursing home beds. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has welcomed the Government’s revised plans to refurbish public nursing homes, which involve postponing (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: Nursing Homes Ireland plans to present Mr Varadkar with a letter signed by 208 nursing home owners on Thursday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Department of Health has admitted there are significant delays in processing the nurse registrations, but has placed the problem on the submiss(...)

Fair Deal review: Fianna Fáil warned that Government pledges on the scheme should be treated with scepticism. Photograph: Getty Images

Private and voluntary nursing home operators have said the Fair Deal review published yesterday cannot be left to gather dust. Nursing Homes Ireland ((...)

‘The latest data shows a decrease in the number of nursing homes operating in Ireland, from 447 in 2010 to 437 in 2014. Despite this there has been a 9 per cent increase in private and voluntary nursing home bed numbers – 20,590 to 22,342.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Today marks the beginning of Nursing Homes Week 2015, a campaign by Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) featuring countrywide events and activities celebratin(...)

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