CervicalCheck victims gather to give personal accounts to the Scally inquiry
A group of about 100 victims of the CervicalCheck scandal, including relatives of those who died, gathered at a private location yesterday to give...
A group of about 100 victims of the CervicalCheck scandal, including relatives of those who died, gathered at a private location yesterday to give...
Doctors have been warned women seeking a routine appointment to see a gynaecologist in the Coombe Hospital, Dublin, will have to wait a year or more.
An inspection of foster families has found some children are living in homes where not all young adults in the house are Garda vetted, a report revealed yesterday.
Two pharmaceutical technicians are taking legal action against the HSE claiming they developed occupational asthma, leaving them out of work...
Stolen childhood and official regret. Too many reports have exposed how our troubled social services have let down our most vulnerable children.
The number of children enduring a wait of more than a year-and-a-half to see a specialist has breached 10,000 for the first time.
The son of former President Patrick Hillery has resigned from his post as a psychiatrist in the HSE in protest at the state of mental health services which left him "ethically compromised".
The HSE is not making it compulsory for its staff to give evidence to the Scally scoping inquiry investigating the CervicalCheck scandal.
Two leading oncologists are calling for wider access to a drug which cervical cancer sufferer Vicky Phelan revealed had reduced her tumours.
Hospital consultants who are on course for a pay rise of up to €72,000 will finally get the salaries they signed up to a decade ago under a so called "new era" work contract.
Loneliness is as prevalent in the young as the old - it just manifests itself differently, a new report has revealed.
Anxious women waiting for the results of smear tests are facing delays of up to 12 weeks after a surge in demand for screening in the wake of the CervicalCheck scandal.
The medical expert heading the inquiry into the CervicalCheck scandal has admitted he does not have the power to force any health official or laboratory staff to give evidence.
THE number of public patients on outpatient waiting lists has surged again, with 511,904 now in the queue to see a specialist.
The medical expert heading the inquiry into the CervicalCheck scandal warned it is facing major blockages because of a failure to release crucial documents.
The cases of 65 children who were allegedly sexually abused had to be escalated for further investigation on the instructions of inspectors sent in to probe Tusla.
The number of complaints about private nursing homes has more than doubled in the space of a year, the Ombudsman's latest annual report reveals.
Children in danger of sexual abuse are being left at risk by serious weaknesses in social services, a damning report revealed today.
The decision of the World Heath Organisation to designate gaming addiction as a mental health disorder will help those for whom the activity is causing them to neglect other areas of their life, a leading psychiatrist has claimed.
A probe into Tusla's management of child abuse cases has found that the Child and Family Agency does not work efficiently with gardaí.
Thousands of hospital consultants are to get a €200m back-money windfall.
The acting head of the HSE blamed doctors for not passing on audits to women who developed cervical cancer after getting an incorrect smear test.
The number of elderly people subjected to neglect and psychological and financial exploitation at the hands of their own children is on the rise.
The tragic toll of women who developed cervical cancer after receiving a wrong smear test result is set to rise again, after it emerged that an audit of 46 more cases notified to CervicalCheck is under way.
CervicalCheck is facing a surge in legal actions from women who developed cervical cancer after wrongly getting a smear test all-clear , it emerged today.
We are fatter than we think - although nearly half of us say we are either overweight or obese.
Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon said he is concerned at the care of suicidal children.
A public list of GPs who are registered to provide medical abortions may be necessary to ensure women looking for a termination are not left confused about where to get the service, it emerged yesterday.
They are more usually found snooping on cheating husbands or checking out dodgy personal injury claims - but earlier this year private detectives were covertly tracking the movements of some of our leading hospital consultants.
A Sinn Féin TD who previously deplored the "culture of deference" to hospital consultants who breach their public contract has now described the decision to put a private detective on them as "disturbing".
The funding to provide vasectomies has already been used up in some parts of the country, despite the Government's promise to extend measures to prevent crisis pregnancies.
Nursing homes should not be allowed to ask an elderly resident to leave, even if their relatives are proving difficult to deal with, Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has warned.
Some of the care and treatment of seriously physically ill patients with anorexia nervosa admitted to the Lois Bridges treatment facility in Sutton, Dublin, was inadequate and unsafe, according to an inspector's report.
A probe into an audiologist who left children with severe hearing problems struggling to learn and be understood is to be extended with a review involving 1,000 youngsters.
More than 2,570 women from the Republic of Ireland had abortions in the UK last year up to the 12th week of pregnancy.
Some of the care and treatment of seriously physically ill residents with anorexia nervosa admitted to the Lois Bridges treatment facility in Sutton, Dublin was inadequate and unsafe, according to a watchdog report.
A grieving husband is furious at delays in the release of information relating to victims of the CervicalCheck scandal.
Cars parked in the sun on a hot day can reach dangerously high temperatures in just one hour, a new study has revealed.
A&E consultants who were faced with 430 patients on trolleys today pleaded: ‘Where are the new hospital beds’?
Some children who have been sexually abused are being further traumatised by having to undergo multiple interviews, a damning report has revealed.
More is not better when it comes to taking vitamin pills, a watchdog has warned.
A secret compensation payout has already been made by the BowelScreen service arising out of a failed investigation procedure, it was learned yesterday.
Ultrasound machines used by GPs to examine women seeking a medical abortion need to be reliable, otherwise there is a risk of a reading error similar to mistakes made by CervicalCheck, a leading GP has warned.
Thousands of breast cancer patients may be safely spared gruelling chemotherapy following a landmark study.
A devoted grandfather and his special-needs grandson have had to spend the week in Tallaght Hospital A&E department in a desperate bid to secure respite care for the teenager.
The slow roll-out of the Government's package of supports for victims of the CervicalCheck scandal is causing further distress to women and families, it emerged yesterday.
Women who use nail polish and false nails can heave a sigh of relief as new research shows they do not affect readings from devices used to monitor patients' blood oxygen levels in hospital.
Festival goers have been warned there are high dose batches of ecstasy and MDMA in circulation.
Many hospitals are failing to implement key safety measures to protect patients from a potential killer superbug.
The poor record of Health Minister Simon Harris was highlighted yesterday as the failure to act on Sláintecare, the blueprint to improve the health service, was criticised.
More than 6,400 elderly and disabled people are now on waiting lists for HSE home supports as the service faces a crisis due to an exodus of carers.
Up to 46 adults who were adopted have been refused access to their birth certificate in recent years - despite pledges to provide automatic access to this personal information.
Promises by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Health Minister Simon Harris not to "drag" victims of the CervicalCheck scandal through the courts have been called into question amid allegations of an "aggressive" legal approach to terminally ill Emma Mhic Mhathúna.
CervicalCheck has been accused of continuing to stall in releasing the medical records of women at the centre of the cancer scandal.
Three maternal deaths were recorded last year, including two in maternity units and one case in a general hospital.
Binge-drinking revellers and the victims of other people's booze-filled actions are clogging up A&E departments at weekends, a new study has revealed.
Some of the 209 women who developed cervical cancer after getting an incorrect smear test have still not received a copy of the CervicalCheck internal review confirming the mistake, the Irish Independent has learned.
The swift rollout of planned abortion legislation is at risk of being hindered by shortfalls in the wider health service, it emerged yesterday.
Irish children's eating habits are now closer to the famed Mediterranean diet than those of youngsters in Spain and Greece, who are the most obese in Europe.
A woman living in the Ukraine, who developed cervical cancer after getting a wrong smear test from CervicalCheck, remains untraced after a month-long search by the HSE.
A lack of candour and openness were revealed in our national cancer screening service again this week. The focus shifted from CervicalCheck to BreastCheck and its failure to directly contact women who it was notified developed the disease in the two years after getting a clear mammogram X-ray.
The company behind a €10m art house cinema in Galway recorded "no income" over 10 years although it was receiving public donations, a watchdog report has revealed.
More than 120 GPs from around the country have warned that the Government proposals to liberalise the grounds for termination of pregnancy will amount to "abortion on demand".
The next master of the National Maternity Hospital will be consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Prof Shane Higgins.
The number of misread CervicalCheck smear tests among women who developed cervical cancer has been described as "worrying" by medical scientists.
Women diagnosed with cancer after getting the all-clear from BreastCheck are not being directly informed about internal reviews showing their mammogram X-ray was incorrectly read.
CervicalCheck is sending back smear tests for "re-check" to the same laboratory where the mistake was made, the Irish Independent has learned.
Failure to introduce mandatory fortification of foods such as bread with folic acid has contributed to the high number of babies who develop birth defects, including fatal foetal abnormalities.
Hospital staff are free to snoop on confidential patient records, a damning report has highlighted.
The HSE executive overseeing CervicalCheck and who failed to track if women with cancer were told they were the victim of a wrong test result has been promoted.
Vicky Phelan, who is calling for a Yes vote in next week's referendum on the Eighth Amendment, has revealed how, when she was pregnant with her daughter, she was informed of the option of abortion after having a pre-natal test.
CervicalCheck was warned six months before the recent Vicky Phelan court case that doctors were objecting to having to inform patients with cervical cancer that they were the victim of a smear test mistake.
CervicalCheck was warned last September about the resistance of hospital doctors to hand over reports to women with cervical cancer telling them they were the victim of a wrong smear result.
THE country’s chief medical officer has said it was a “fair and reasonable decision” not to alert the Health Minister to the CervicalCheck audit in 2016.
DOCTORS have had to struggle with a surge in visits by under-sixes since the children were given free GP care nearly three years ago, a new study confirmed today.
Another of the women who developed cancer after getting a wrong smear test result has died.
The US laboratory which mistakenly gave Vicky Phelan the all-clear said it was contracted by CervicalCheck to only carry out standard screening of smear tests and not a more advanced investigation which has a lower failure rate.
The good weather is a great chance to get children off the sofa and into the garden.
More than 4,300 women who rang the CervicalCheck helpline are still in the queue to be called back - two weeks after the scandal erupted.
The number of public patients on outpatient waiting lists has reached another record, with 507,507 now in the queue to see a specialist.
EFFORTS are ongoing to trace a woman who is living in Russia who developed cervical cancer after getting an incorrect smear test result from CervicalCheck, it has emerged.
The number of pregnancies terminated because of a Down syndrome diagnosis is still very low, the chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said yesterday.
Health Minister Simon Harris was taken to task by pro-life Senator Rónán Mullen yesterday for appearing to laugh after he was asked when he would take part in debates on the abortion referendum.
One in every 23 doctors in consultant posts in Irish public hospitals does not have specialist training.
More than half of pregnant women in the country's three main maternity hospitals who are told their babies will be born with Down Syndrome are opting for a termination.
Some areas within counties Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Wicklow, Wexford, Kilkenny, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Clare and Galway are a radon gas risk, according to a new assessment.
Dr Gabriel Scally, the Belfast-born, former NHS doctor who is to carry out a scoping inquiry into CervicalCheck arrived in Ireland today and has started work.
The Health Service Executive has apologised to the thousands of women yet to receive a callback after phoning the CervicalCheck helpline.
It's been 11 days since the CervicalCheck scandal and many vital questions still remain. Our Health Correspondent Eilish O'Regan answers your questions.
The contract to carry out cervical smear tests on behalf of the State was awarded in 2012 based on the cheapest price available, tender documents suggest.
BreastCheck, which provides free mammograms to women to pick up breast cancer, has refused to say if it has internal reports on patients who went on to develop the disease after the scan.
Proposed legislation to make open disclosure of adverse incidents mandatory will only cover "serious" cases.
There were "significant failings" in the care provided to four babies who died in Portiuncula University Hospital, according to a damning review of 18 maternity cases over which concerns were raised in a seven-year period.
Any woman who wants to have a cervical smear test will be entitled to have one free of charge at a GP surgery or clinic.
There were “significant failings” in the care provided to four babies who died in Portiuncula University Hospital (PUH), according to a review of 18 maternity cases about which concerns were raised over a seven year period.
A litany of care failings have emerged in an investigation of the care of 18 babies who died or were born with a disability in a Galway hospital.
A new, more accurate smear test is to be introduced next autumn, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed yesterday.
The head of the HSE's national screening service, Charles O'Hanlon, remains in his post despite a senior HSE director being appointed to oversee the programme that includes CervicalCheck, it was claimed last night.
THERE will be a redress scheme for women who have been hit by the cervical cancer test scandal – but payments must await the result of a statutory inquiry, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
As more details emerge in the the growing health cervical cancer controversy, our Health Correspondent, Eilish O'Regan, looks at what happens next.
AS many as 1,500 more women are at risk of being dragged into the continually escalating cervical cancer scandal.
The national cancer screening programmes aiming to reduce some of our biggest killers are under pressure after criticism about how they are run.
Quest Diagnostics, the company in New Jersey that analyses smear tests for CervicalCheck, had to pay out more than €100,000 in penalties for failure to protect employees from hazardous chemicals used in laboratories.
A BRIEFING note prepared for the health minister ahead of Vicky Phelan’s case coming before the High Court suggested he acknowledge her "severe distress" once the court action was settled.
Health Minister Simon Harris is going to come under intense pressure this afternoon to publish a memo he received two weeks ago on the cervical cancer scandal.
It has been an emotional week for women who have developed cancer after being through CervicalCheck, the national screening service.
A TOTAL of 15 women who developed cervical cancer died without knowing they had been the victim of a misdiagnosis.
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has committed to a public inquiry to investigate failings in the CercvicalCheck screening programme. Independent.ie's Health Correspondent Eilish O'Regan looks at some of the questions that remain unanswered.
A Dublin couple who each tipped the scales at over 20 stone have told how weight loss surgery has transformed their lives.
The most senior doctor in CervicalCheck has stepped down in the wake of strong criticism over the handling of cases of women who developed cervical cancer after being wrongly given the all-clear.
Women whose doctors feel they need further smear tests will have the procedure facilitated and paid for by CervicalCheck, it has been confirmed.
A helpline set up for women concerned about their cervical screening result is now fully operational after a 'technical glitch' led to a delay this morning.
CLINICS are set to increase the number of nurses available amid a sharp rise in the number of women seeking tests in the aftermath of the Vicky Phelan case.
A gay rights group that allowed charitable funds to be used to support its founder's political campaign also spent another €51,174 with credits cards "which was not adequately supported with itemised receipts or invoices", the charity watchdog has revealed.
The gay rights’ group G.L.E.N allowed charitable funds to be used to support its founder’s political campaign and spent another €51,174 with credits cards which was not properly accounted for, a damning report from the charity watchdog revealed today.