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 Portlaoise hospital. The families of babies who died at Portlaoise hospital may never find out if those responsible for the care of their children were disciplined by the health service, the head of the Health Service Executive has warned. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The families of babies who died at Portlaoise hospital may never find out if those responsible for the care of their children were disciplined by the (...)

Minister for Health Leo  Varadkar’s department plans to raid €12 million of the €35 million reserved for mental health to offset costs in other areas. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin has called on Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to explain to the Dáil why money supposedly ring-fenced for mental health spending is being (...)

Minister of State Kathleen Lynch: Requested that agreed allocation for mental health remains in place “for the duration of the caretaker government and until a new minister is in place”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Plans by the Department of Health and the HSE to raid money supposedly ring-fenced for mental health for spending in more politically sensitive areas (...)

Face-off: participants in the Robinhoodtax.ie protest wear Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin masks outside the Dáil. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

All afternoon, they sat and faced each other across the floor as a pointless dance went on around them. Enda Kenny, when not looking vaguely in Miche(...)

Two years ago, an RTÉ documentary reported on the deaths of five babies in Portlaoise, and scores of women have since come forward with their stories of adverse events in the maternity unit, including further deaths. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Major changes are to be made to a long-running investigation into a series of baby deaths at Portlaoise hospital in order to avert its collapse over l(...)

HSE chief executive Tony O’Brien. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Department of Health was deeply concerned and unhappy with elements of the draft spending plan for this year drawn up by the HSE last autumn, offi(...)

UCC president claims the appointments were agreed with former minister for health James Reilly.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Health Correspondent The head of University College Cork (UCC) has threatened to issue a public apology to the people of Waterford for misleading the(...)

The Department of Health’s secretary general declined to estimate what the deficit will be by the end of the year. Photograph: File Photo/Getty Images

The health service was €325 million over budget for the first nine months of the year, the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee has been told. Department (...)

Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy said staff pension deductions were being deducted, but not paid over. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS)owes the State €10.3 million in pension-related deductions from staff, according to the Comptroller and Audi(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said he disagreed with the original plan for the group to be part of the HSE structure. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

  The Department of Health last year halted preparations for the establishment of a new patient safety/advocacy body – one of the key reco(...)

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