Majority failing to plan for their care in old age
Fewer than one in 10 people has discussed their future care needs and if they prefer to go into a nursing home or remain in their own house.
Fewer than one in 10 people has discussed their future care needs and if they prefer to go into a nursing home or remain in their own house.
Cancer patients who undergo surgery are losing out on faster recovery because of a lack of exercise supports in hospitals, according to a new study.
The number of public patients waiting to see a specialist has risen to a record high of 515,547.
GPs have agreed to enter intensive negotiations with the Department of Health on the crisis in general practice.
Good access to broadband internet can push up rates of babies being born by caesarean section in maternity hospitals, particularly among first-time mothers.
A large outbreak of mumps has spread across three counties in the west, striking a number of third-level students.
THE introduction of HPV testing to the cervical screening service will have to be accompanied by information to reduce the chances of some groups of women who test positive feeling stigmatised, new research warns.
PRIVATE patients and older people with medical cards who have large drugs bills are among the winners in out-of-pocket savings announced in the Budget.
A Dublin mother, who was only told in July she was a victim of the CervicalCheck scandal, lost her battle to cancer at the weekend – just hours before Emma Mhic Mhathuna passed away.
An outbreak of mumps has hit counties in the west with 45 people struck by the illness in recent weeks.
Doctors warn they are "dreading" the A&E crisis this winter and predict the numbers on trolleys this year will top a record 100,000.
Mother-of-five Emma Mhic Mhathúna, who bravely battled cancer after being caught up in the CervicalCheck scandal, was granted her dying...
Plans for the new €300m national maternity hospital are in jeopardy, it emerged yesterday.
Plans to build the new €300m National Maternity Hospital are in danger of collapse, it was revealed today.
Patients are at risk of going blind because of dangerous delays in access to eye surgery, doctors warned today.
Around 57,000 are to lose their medical cards this year, in keeping with a trend which started in 2015.
More women who were excluded by CervicalCheck from its internal investigations are expected to be found to have developed cancer after getting wrong test results, it emerged yesterday.
Strange as it may sound, some of the 221 women at the centre of the CervicalCheck scandal regard themselves as the lucky ones.
The author of a report into the Irish cervical cancer screening controversy has raised fears that more women could be affected by the cancer crisis.
SCHOOLBOYS are to be offered the HPV vaccine from the beginning of the academic year in 2019.
Many people feel tired and sluggish during cold months.
A Dublin mother, who was only told in July she was a victim of the CervicalCheck scandal, lost her battle to cancer at the weekend - just hours before Emma Mhic Mhathúna passed away.
One in 10 adults would consider taking anabolic steroids, a new survey has revealed.
EMMA Mhic Mhathúna died without getting the kind of accountability she fought for.
Mental health services are to get a €55m increase in funding in tomorrow's Budget.
The elderly bore the brunt of last winter's flu which claimed 222 lives.
A medically staffed national telephone helpline will be available to women on a 24-7 basis once the new abortion legislation is in place, Health Minister Simon Harris said yesterday.
Talks on the GP crisis, which has forced several doctors to no longer accept new patients, are to resume next week after Health Minister Simon Harris announces a multi-million euro investment package for general practice in the Budget.
Many patients are now paying hundreds of euro a year in health charges that were introduced or hiked during the recession years.
We were sold a dream of the "Dutch model". Then the health service was going to look more like the "German model".
Women in Ireland who may have bought a pregnancy test online have been urged to check the manufacturer and number after a popular brand was recalled following a small number of returned false positives.
Middle-aged men and women have the country's highest rate of suicide, with the greatest risk for men in the 45-54 year age group.
WOMEN in Ireland who may have purchased a pregnancy test online have been urged to check the manufacturer and number after a popular brand has been recalled following a small number of returned false positives.
The space between residents' beds in a HSE-run nursing home was so narrow it was not possible to fit a chair to sit on, an inspector's report revealed.
The waiting time for the return of test results to women who have undergone cervical screening with CervicalCheck can be as long as 17 weeks, it emerged yesterday.
Fears that hospitals are facing another winter of trolley gridlock rose yesterday after it emerged it will take years to roll out hundreds of additional beds.
An intruder who held a young midwife at knifepoint in a Dublin maternity hospital is believed to have scaled a drainpipe and gained entry through an upstairs window.
Fashion designer and broadcaster Brendan Courtney, who has become a strong advocate for the elderly, has been appointed to the first 23-member advisory council on Sláintecare, the blueprint for health service reform.
A group of anti-abortion GPs who insist they do not want to be "forced" to refer a pregnant woman seeking a medical termination to another practice have appealed to Health Minister Simon Harris to "put on the brakes" and not push through the new law.
The Government looks set to reduce the cost of the highly unpopular €2 prescription charge for 1.6 million medical card holders in the Budget.
Termination of pregnancy in cases where a baby has a diagnosed fatal foetal abnormality and will die either "before or within 28 days of birth" will be allowed for in new abortion legislation.
Nearly 8,000 patients who needed a bed were forced to wait on trolleys and chairs last month, new figures reveal.
Q: The CervicalCheck scandal is not over - what is the latest development?
Some of the future compensation costs arising out of successful legal actions brought against laboratories acting for CervicalCheck will be paid by the State.
The controversial “three day” rule which will apply to women seeking a medical abortion up to twelve weeks of pregnancy is included in new legislation published today.
Pregnant women are avoiding a risk of miscarriage by using early blood test screening for Down syndrome and fatal foetal abnormality.
A wrangle over "bespoke" furniture and open-plan offices helped delay a move by Department of Health staff to plush new headquarters - costing the taxpayer millions.
Ireland has the third highest rate of cancer in the world - ranked only behind Australia and New Zealand, according to a global report.
GPs and hospital doctors who are administering a medical abortion will have the freedom to decide whether to give a woman medicines on site in their surgery or clinic or allow her take them at home.
Hospital consultants are threatening a work-to-rule which would see extra outpatient clinics curtailed.
A doctor in the Coombe maternity hospital in Dublin has become the first woman in half a century to head the organisation representing obstetricians and gynacecologits.
The true rate of stillbirths has been underestimated by at least a third because of recommendations to report only stillbirths from 28 weeks' gestation in international comparisons, according to the 'Lancet'.
The biggest waiting lists for HSE homecare are in the west of Ireland, while the national queue for the service has climbed to more than 6,100.
New support systems for the extension of abortion services need to be "fit for purpose" to avoid failures seen in CervicalCheck, a leading GP has warned.
Half of Irish people say their mental health suffered due to the economic recession with hundreds of thousands driven to thoughts of suicide or self-harm.
Teenage drinking in Ireland has fallen dramatically in recent years, according to a new European study.
Private nursing homes have been warned they should be open about top-up charges which can add up to €5,000 a year to the cost of care.
Health service staff who fail to tell the truth about medical errors face being fined or imprisoned under a new law, it emerged yesterday.
Angry nurses today moved a step closer to strike action after 92pc of delegates at a special conference in Dublin rejected the Government’s pay proposals.
Spending in the HSE can be difficult to examine because of the way it juggles its finances - moving funding from one area to another during the year, according to a new paper.
The scandal of hospital trolleys is revealed in new figures showing that on each day last winter more than 50 of the most elderly patients were waiting longer than 24 hours for a bed in A&E departments.
Almost a fifth of complaints by the public about doctors to the Medical Council relate to poor communication.
It will be 2019 before all pregnant women are automatically offered an anomaly scan to find out if their baby has a fatal foetal abnormality, it emerged yesterday.
Pay rises worth €3,300 are on the way for more than 60,000 public sector workers - but it may not be enough to avoid strikes.
One in four Irish parents whose children play sport has a near-constant worry their youngster will suffer concussion.
One of the most "searched" areas of the Citizens Information Board website relates to citizenship and passports as Britons seek an EU passport post-Brexit.
Pensioner Tom O'Riordan, who faced a delay of at least a year before getting a desperately needed hip operation in his local hospital, was able to arrange to have the surgery within weeks by travelling to Northern Ireland.
Patients in the Republic who are languishing on hospital waiting lists will lose out after Brexit as a vital cross-border treatment scheme becomes more difficult to access.
Less than half of all hospital staff got the flu vaccine last winter - leaving themselves and patients at risk of the virus, new figures reveal.
Only one child in need of surgery for the severe spinal condition scoliosis has been sent abroad to the UK for an operation this year.
Medicines that need to be given to women having a medical termination may not be ready for authorisation in January when the new abortion law comes in to force.
A grieving family who lost their father were distressed after hospital staff returned his belongings in a plastic refuse bag - with the slippers he wore when admitted on top.
A leading medical journal has warned that serious safety "indicators" were raised over the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix in 2009 - almost two years before the vaccine was finally suspended from use in Ireland.
CervicalCheck, which has stopped auditing the screening test results of women after they are diagnosed with cervical cancer, will not resume the practice until a new system of review is in place, Health Minister Simon Harris said yesterday.
Women who want a medical abortion after nine weeks of pregnancy will have to go to a hospital rather than their GP to avoid a risk of complications, it emerged yesterday.
Women who avail of abortions will not have to pay for the service.
A terminally ill young mother, who is among the women at the centre of the CervicalCheck controversy, must wait until early next year for her High Court case to continue after one of the laboratories she is suing produced an unexpected expert report, it emerged yesterday.
The sugar content of most types of yoghurt is well above the recommended threshold, a new analysis has revealed.
A Dublin-born UK charity chief is to be the next chairman of the HSE.
Former cancer sufferer Stephen Fegan says the recession saved his life.
Some patients are now waiting five years to have a cataract operation to allow them to see properly, optometrists have warned.
The number of legal claims taken against CervicalCheck doubled in the space of just two months this summer, a new analysis has revealed.
A typical patient cared for by GPs is now in her late 60s, suffers from eight chronic illnesses and is taking 13 regular medications.
The screening programme rolled out four years ago which is aimed at detecting hearing problems in all newborns is "inadequate and puts our most vulnerable at risk", according to a new study.
Irish women's cervical cancer screening may now have to be outsourced to a laboratory in Sydney, Australia.
The HSE is paying recruitment agencies a €10,000 hiring fee for every nurse it employs in a desperate new bid to fill vital hospital jobs.
Much of what goes on in the surgery between the doctor and patient remains unspoken.
The number of patients who are waiting to see a specialist has reached a new high with 514,585 people now in hospital queues across the country.
The public's expectation of a 'giveaway' Budget has been dashed by a €600m black hole in spending by the Department of Health.
Anorexic patients use sabotaging tactics, including wearing hair accessories, to falsely add to their weight, a study found.
CervicalCheck has not carried out any of its own inspections of the laboratories doing cervical screening for four years.
Vicky Phelan, who exposed the cervical cancer scandal, said she was “vindicated” following the publication of the Scally report.
CervicalCheck only found out weeks ago that hundreds of Irish women's smear tests were outsourced to Hawaii, Las Vegas and Florida.
Older people who may opt for a new 'booster' flu jab aimed at the over-65s have been warned it leaves them unprotected against the so-called Japanese strain which was dominant in Ireland last year.
Women battling cancer were subjected to a string of damaging, hurtful and offensive behaviours by some doctors in the cervical cancer scandal.
A lab used by CervicalCheck in Texas up to 2013 out-sourced tests to Las Vegas, Hawaii and Florida without telling the HSE, the Scally report revealed today.
Hospital consultants are threatening to take industrial action in an unprecedented move over pay.
The first steps in the search for truth in the CervicalCheck scandal have been taken in the damning report by Dr Gabriel Scally.
Victims of the CervicalCheck scandal have been let down by a litany of systematic failures, a damning report has revealed.
WOMEN and families of victims of the CervicalCheck scandal have reacted with anger after the leaking to media of parts of a report into the affair.
Residents of nursing homes who have a house lying unoccupied would be offered financial incentives to rent it out under a plan being considered to ease the housing crisis.
Nurses and midwives have begun a series of protests about overcrowding and lack of staff at hospitals across the country.
Talks between CervicalCheck and the laboratories carrying out screening have reached a "critical stage", a spokeswoman for the HSE has said.
Fianna Fáil will demand a timeline for pay rises worth up to €200m for more than 60,000 recent recruits to the public service during upcoming Budget negotiations.
A report on the CervicalCheck scandal is expected to be strongly critical of the delay in informing women who developed cervical cancer about internal audits confirming their test results were wrong.
A €6M primary care centre, officially opened by Health Minister Simon Harris this week, is one of several "one-stop shop" facilities that is struggling to get a GP.
Women at the centre of the CervicalCheck scandal and bereaved relatives are to be briefed on the findings of the report of Dr Gabriel Scally next week.
The new €300m National Maternity Hospital will not be completed until well into 2023, a year later than anticipated.
Hospital emergency departments are not prepared for the threat of another winter of record overcrowding and are at risk of becoming "war zones" within weeks, nurses have warned.
Older people need to ‘use it or lose it’ and ‘hold onto what they have’ in order slow down the ageing process and stay mentally sharp, according to three times All Ireland football medallist and All Star Donnchadh Walsh.
A young couple's dreams of the future were shattered within hours on a sunny day in Dublin two years ago.
Obstetricians from outside Ireland are to be asked to conduct an external probe into the circumstances around the death of Malak Thawley in the National Maternity Hospital.
Figures showing that maternal deaths in the US are seven times higher than in Ireland have led to strong claims for the safety of maternity care here.
CervicalCheck is in talks with the three laboratories it uses in Ireland and the US to extend their contracts when they are up for renewal from next month, it has emerged.
Patients in a hospital psychiatric unit did not have access to their bedrooms under 10pm at night due to staff shortages, an inspector’s report has revealed.