Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: Argued that a patient-safety body within the HSE would never win public acceptance. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The creation of a new patient advocacy service to provide advice and support to users of the health service is to be announced by Minister for Heal(...)

The meetings will be with an external obstetrician, midwife and, where necessary, paediatrician. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Almost 100 women who have concerns over the care they received in Irish maternity units when delivering their babies are being offered meetings with (...)

Gillian Treacy, mother of her late son Ciaran (inset) attending his funeral at St Michaels Church, Portarlington, Co Laois, last year. Photogaph: James Flynn/APX

The mother of a four-year-old boy who died after a drunk driver collided with her car has told the Circuit Court in Portlaoise the driver devastated h(...)

Ciaran Treacy was killed in a car crash in Portlaoise. In her statement, his mother Gillian Treacy told the court: “After an hour of the firemen cutting me from the car, all this time I was watching the panic and fear etched on their faces while they tried to free me from the car and as they worked on me and both my boys.” Photograph: Courts Collins

A victim impact statement written by parents of a deceased young boy should be compulsory reading for anyone considering drink driving, a Circuit Cour(...)

The report into baby Mark Molloy’s death is being released at the request of his parents, Mark snr and Roisin (above). File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Over two years after it was completed, the HSE is to publish the official report into the death of baby Mark Molloy in Portlaoise hospital in January (...)

The burden of indemnity cover has fallen exclusively on the State after soaring indemnity costs contributed to the closure of the country’s last private maternity unit at Mount Carmel Hospital. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The quality and safety of Irish maternity services have been under unrelenting scrutiny over the past five years, a period that includes the tragic de(...)

While the overall deficit at the end of the year looks set to top €500 million, the HSE says it expected most of its divisions to be close to break-even by December, although in mental health and primary care this will involve once-off measures that will not be sustainable next year. File photograph: Tim Ockenden/PA Photo

The Health Service Executive has recorded a financial deficit of over €270 million in the first seven months of the year, according to its latest perf(...)

This newspaper’s series “ a sick system: the ailing health service” highlighted three major causes for our dysfunctional health system: broken politic(...)

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

The Department of Health and the HSE wanted to see key services at the troubled Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise closed down in June 2014, but (...)

Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Portlaoise hospital is the health controversy that refuses to go away. Ever since revelations almost two years ago about baby deaths in the maternity(...)

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