Controversies have pointed to a lack of transparency in the service over admission of errors, most recently in the scandal over baby deaths in Portlaoise hospital. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has admitted he is abandoning a promise to force doctors to admit to the mistakes they make. Mr Varadkar promised a (...)

Shauna Keyes: ‘I am really quite hopeful for the future of the HSE and indeed, the maternity services.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

In 2013, the then minister for health, James Reilly, along with the minister for justice, Alan Shatter, developed the national open disclosure policy,(...)

Shauna Keyes arrives at Portlaoise County Council buildings for the inquest in to the death of her baby son, Joshua, in September 2013. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

The latest report to be published into the tragic events at Portlaoise hospital raises two separate sets of issues; one relating to the care provided (...)

The Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, Co Laois. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Significant failings in the care given to a vulnerable young woman during her labour in Portlaoise hospital and after her baby’s death are identified (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar will visit the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise on Tuesday (files). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Parents whose babies died at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise are due to meet Minister for Health Leo Varadkar when he visits the hospital (...)

Dr Omar Hassan Khalafalla Mohamed’s medical registration is suspended. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Colleagues of a doctor were so concerned he posed a threat to patient safety that he was placed on leave just two months into his placement, a Fitness(...)

 Dr Omar Hassan Khalafalla Mohamed leaving the Medical Council offices. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

A doctor has appeared before a Medical Council disciplinary inquiry facing allegations of professional misconduct and poor professional performance. (...)

The Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise: a Hiqa report showed how badly women who had lost babies in the hospital were treated. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

What is a health service for? It was a question that suggested itself many times during 2015, a year when the interests of patients and staff were all(...)

Future vision: Labour wards will be redesignated “high-intensity birth centres” but most women with normal or medium risk will be delivered in “low-intensity birth centres” that will not routinely offer epidurals, foetal heart monitoring or oxytocin to speed delivery.

Pregnancy and birth are the most normal of human events and yet the recent history of adverse outcomes in Irish maternity hospitals has been anything (...)

There will be broad welcome for a package of patient safety initiatives announced by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar yesterday. Although some of the (...)

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