The National Ambulance Service received 259 calls on Friday between 7am and noon, with five of these responded to by the Department of Defence, the HSE said. File photograph: Alan Betson

The HSE has said it was able to respond to ambulance service calls on Friday despite a strike by up to 500 personnel. The staff concerned staged a wo(...)

The Medical Protection website notes that 'soundalike and lookalike drug pairs . . . have been involved in errors and near misses in Irish hospitals'.

According to James Joyce “a man’s errors are his portals of discovery”, and in medicine, health professionals are faced with more “portals of discover(...)

The NAS has issued an appeal to the public, asking people not to make unnecessary calls to emergency services. Photograph: Thinkstock

The National Ambulance Service (NAS) has asked the public not to make non-life threatening calls to any emergency services. The appeal comes after pa(...)

A 24-hour breakdown and recovery service had to be dispatched on a total of 203 occasions during 2016 in response to callouts from stranded emergency ambulances

HSE ambulances broke down and required roadside assistance more than 200 times last year, new figures have revealed. A 24-hour breakdown and recovery(...)

An ambulance paramedic was left stranded at a filling station in Co Laois after a disagreement with a colleague who drove off, forcing controllers to (...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris: Dr Peter Sloane has written to him to say people will die needlessly in rural areas if more resources are not provided for ambulances and emergency equipment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A south Connemara GP has said he thought a 60-year-old man was “going to die in front of me” during a wait of nearly an hour for an ambulance last wee(...)

 The HSE estimates   77 new emergency vehicles will be needed in the next five years. Photograph: Alan Betson

Only about a quarter of the country’s ambulance stations are fit for purpose, the Health Service Executive has estimated. In an internal assessment, t(...)

Garda Laura Conlon: “As well as the usual burglaries, road traffic accidents and domestic violence that we may have to deal with, we will also receive plenty of calls from people looking for advice.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The festive season is well and truly on us with homes up and down the country decorated to the hilt as the nation prepares for a few days off to chill(...)

Emergency services attend an ambulance fire at Naas general Hospital, Co Kildare. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There have been a number of incidents in recent years involving ambulances in the State. On Thursday a male patient was pronounced dead and a paramed(...)

The scene at Naas General Hospital after a fatal explosion inside an ambulance. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The National Ambulance Service has ordered a safety check on all oxygen containers in vehicles after an explosion in the back of an ambulance yesterda(...)

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