Some 30 private hospital consultants in Ireland lack full specialist training
Up to 30 consultants are working in private hospitals in Ireland even though they do not have full specialist training, the Irish Independent has learned.
Up to 30 consultants are working in private hospitals in Ireland even though they do not have full specialist training, the Irish Independent has learned.
There is more bad news today for the patients and doctors who believe the limited cardiac services for patients in the south east will cost lives.
The family of a woman who died when vital treatment was delayed in University Hospital Waterford after she suffered three heart attacks believes the odds were stacked against her...
The trolley crisis will persist if additional hospital beds which have been recommended for the system are not used in a more effective way, the authors of a major report have warned.
Children born by caesarean section have a higher chance of being obese by the time they are five, according to a new analysis.
GARDAÍ are investigating after a man was found dead in the Emergency Department (ED) waiting room at one of the country's largest hospitals.
Most farmers are unaware that healthy animals may be a source of infection for themselves or family members.
A massive 70,000 patients in need of surgery will still languish on hospital waiting lists at the end of this year - despite an injection of €50m to tackle the crisis.
James Casserly (12), from Lucan in Dublin, is one of 1,200 children in the country with juvenile arthritis.
An online provider of abortion pills has revealed how demand for medication from women in Ireland who want to terminate pregnancies has soared.
Some GP co-ops which provide out-of-hours cover are set for an overhaul which will increase the risk of more patients having to visit A&E departments.
The HSE has said that there are now 28 confirmed measle cases linked to the ongoing outbreak in the mid-west region.
A HSE-run centre for young people who are chronically ill was unable to explain to inspectors why sums of money of up to €127.50 were missing from the accounts of some residents.
Irish people at risk a of a life-threatening allergic reaction have been reassured of sufficient supplies of a vital adrenalin jab, despite warnings of a potential global shortage.
Measles is now striking people in their 30s and 40s as a number of areas of the country battle outbreaks of the disease.
Obstetricians have "full freedom" under existing law to intervene to save the life of a pregnant woman and the risk of death does not "need to be imminent", a leading doctor has warned.
Some cancer patients who have been diagnosed with a tumour in their neck are having to wait weeks for surgery because of a lack of specialists, doctors have warned.
GPs, who are struggling to keep their practices from going under, should start to charge medical card holders for some services - it was claimed yesterday.
Patients need to be made aware of the potential dangers of using online and telemedicine services for consultations with GPs they do not know, doctors have warned.
The exodus of Irish-educated medical graduates is draining the health service of much-needed doctors in hospitals and the community, where some GP surgeries are having to turn patients away.
The grandson of the late President Dr Patrick Hillery has warned of the pressures driving so many Irish-educated doctors abroad.
A family doctor has revealed the personal, emotional toll of losing six patients to suicide in the past five years.
Children were left with foster families who were not properly Garda vetted and in some cases had not had checks carried out in three years, a damning report has revealed.
Dr Tadhg Crowley is now having to review on a monthly basis whether his busy GP practice is capable of taking on more business and whether it will have to close to new patients.
Patients are being forced to resort to out-of-hours GP services because they cannot get a daytime appointment.
One of the high-profile misconduct cases to come to light in recent years involved a former nursing home manager, who was sentenced to 15 months for stealing €45,000 from a patient.
People born with cystic fibrosis in Ireland are living longer and are more likely to have a job.
One in five patients diagnosed with lung cancer over a number of years died within 30 days, according to research.
Complaints alleging nurses have engaged in financial abuse of patients - including theft - have been made to their watchdog, it emerged yesterday.
It is more than a decade since the HSE was told to overhaul the way it manages the private accounts of patients in its long-term care.
Funds held for vulnerable elderly people have been left open to fraud after staff in some HSE-run care homes withdrew from patient accounts without following proper rules.
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Government coffers are benefiting from a 13.5pc VAT levy on condoms - despite a pledge to make contraceptives more affordable to cut down on abortions.
More evidence of the hospital overcrowding crisis has emerged as new figures show a record-breaking 10,511 patients have been forced to wait on trolleys for a bed in March.
10,511 patients have been forced to wait on hospital trolleys for a bed in March - making it a record-breaking month for overcrowding.
More than 4,000 children who were referred to protection and welfare services are waiting to be allocated a social worker, it has emerged.
More than 3,000 cancer patients a year are only discovering they have the illness after attending A&E - and for many the disease is already advanced, a damning report reveals today.
Lyndsey Connolly was only in her mid-20s when she ended up being diagnosed with cancer in A&E.
A search is underway to find 100 middle-aged people in Ireland to take part in a ground-breaking investigation aimed at finding ways of identifying signs of dementia up to three decades before they strike.
The work of hospital co-ordinators who broach the sensitive request for organ donation with soon-to-be-bereaved families is central to the record number of patients undergoing life-saving transplants last year.
Patients are at risk of having to wait six weeks for a routine appointment to see their GP because doctors cannot cope with their workload, doctors warned today.
More than 11,000 schoolgirls last autumn refused the life- saving HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer - but the uptake is still higher than in previous years.
Obstetrician and repeal campaigner Dr Peter Boylan has warned that UK hospitals may no longer be able to provide services in cases of fatal foetal abnormality.
Patients are being prescribed anti-depressants by GPs because of a lack of talking therapies, doctors warned yesterday.
Children who need therapy for obesity are facing a two-year wait to be seen in the country's only multidisciplinary clinic in Temple Street Children's Hospital.
Overcrowded hospitals have been forced to stop giving hot meals to patients who are on trolleys waiting for a bed.
Patients are falling victim to outbreaks of deadly superbugs in dangerously overcrowded hospitals.
A young music teacher endured the ordeal of spending 22 hours on a plastic chair in the waiting room at the Mater Hospital A&E in Dublin.
Health Minister Simon Harris has ordered a review of unpopular hospital car parking charges.
Men are four times more likely to die by suicide than women and the highest risk group is among those aged 45-54, researchers have found.
The death toll from flu this winter rose to 148 as the country recovers from the recent Arctic blast that left many vulnerable people at risk.
VITAL investigations used to identify cancer and other serious illnesses have been put on hold at a major city hospital in a bid to free up space for A&E patients.
Waiting times for patients facing the longest delays for surgery have worsened again as overwhelmed hospitals buckle under the strain of record levels of overcrowding.
Seriously inadequate financial controls at the disability organisation Cheshire Ireland were found by HSE auditors.
Is it ever right to use donated funds to give a gift or reward to people who serve on charity boards, giving their time and expertise for free?
Hospitals trying to stem severe overcrowding are facing a new stumbling block due to the failure to secure enough staff to provide home care packages for patients ready for discharge.
Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, hired a consultant to work in the Educational Welfare and School Completion Services area without open competition, paying €72,425 for work originally estimated to cost €43,200.
Members of the board of Our Lady's Hospice in Dublin enjoyed a €700 dinner in a fashionable city restaurant paid for from charity funds, an audit revealed yesterday.
The worst overcrowding may be yet to come in hospital A&Es. It is unprecedented to reach March and see the kind of battlefield scenes witnessed in hospitals yesterday as 714 patients waited for a bed on trolleys.
Around 23 vacancies currently exist for full-time GPs to take over lists of medical card patients in different parts of the country.
Frail elderly patients are being left on trolleys for days while enduring "sub-human conditions" as hospitals grapple with record levels of overcrowding.
Our Lady's Hospice in south Dublin paid €119,000 in training fees to a company with connections to the then chief executive Mo Flynn, according to a HSE audit.
Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross in Dublin paid €119,000 in training fees to a company with connections to the then chief executive Mo Flynn, according to a HSE audit.
The number of patients on hospital trolleys soared to a new record today as 714 people across the country waited for a bed.
Patients and visitors are now shelling out more than €1m a month in car parking charges at HSE-run hospitals, new figures reveal.
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The flu season has been the "worst on record" for circulating at such a high level for so long, it has emerged.
A PUBLIC health investigation is under way into a meningitis outbreak that has claimed the life of a six-year-old girl and left another girl seriously ill.
One in every 1,000 medical abortions can lead to excessive bleeding and a possible need for a blood transfusion, according to the UK's NHS.
The death toll from flu rose to 136 as the country was stricken with deep snow and sub-zero conditions.
A brand of food supplement used to gain muscle or burn fat, made by Falcon Labs, has been recalled due to the serious risk posed to health.
More than 60pc of people who suffer a stroke are not making it to hospital emergency departments in the ideal time frame, specialists warned yesterday.
A majority of GPs say they will not provide abortion pills to women in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy if it becomes law, according to a survey of family doctors.
More than 200 patients endured delays of at least nine hours for a bed in hospitals across the country yesterday amid growing concern about the impact of the slow recovery from the recent snow.
Tony O'Brien, who is to leave his post as director general of the HSE this summer, was appointed six years ago to wind it up.
A new flu vaccine will be made available to people next winter, which it is hoped will give patients better protection.
The first blood test that can diagnose Alzheimer's disease in its early stages, and predict how the illness will progress has been discovered by Irish scientists.
Tony O’Brien has announced he will leave his post as Director General of the Health Service Executive in the summer.
Hospital overcrowding, which reached a near-record high yesterday, is set to worsen this week - forcing the cancellation of hundreds of much-needed surgical operations for waiting-list patients.
The flu jab given to thousands of people in Ireland this winter provided poor protection against one of the main killer strains, a new study reveals.
Patients are facing into another week of disruption, and cancellations of some hospital appointments, although the plan is to try to resume as many services as possible.
The most expensive public nursing home in the country now charges €2,339 a week per resident, according to new figures.
Hospitals have had to take the drastic decision to cancel the appointments of thousands of patients at outpatient clinics or on a list for scheduled surgery as a result of the dangerous weather conditions.
Couples who are undergoing fertility treatment in some clinics are being "financially exploited" and having additional investigations that are not necessary, the Oireachtas health committee was told yesterday.
Pedestrians who want to reduce their risk of a slip or fall on treacherous icy footpaths should walk like a penguin, experts advise.
Snowy and treacherous weather may hamper the ability of some HSE home helps and public health nurses to carry out home visits to the elderly and disabled.
A man who has spent four years desperately searching for a diagnosis to distressing neurological symptoms, has revealed his devastation after receiving a letter telling him his appointment to see a specialist for a second opinion will not be until 2024.
Hospital A&E departments, which are already under intolerable strain, are facing a week of chaos as the Arctic blast threatens to brings a spike in injury and illness.
Weak standards in child protection and welfare services in Carlow, Kilkenny and the Tipperary area left young people at risk, a damning inspection report has revealed.
Just half of babies under three months of age who have potentially deadly bacterial meningitis show symptoms of the fever which, for decades, has been the trigger for further medical investigation, according to new research.
Just seven of the controversial list of 35 primary care centres announced by former health minister James Reilly nearly six years ago are operational, it has emerged.
They strive for perfection on the pitch, but elite GAA players may be undermining their chances of winning that coveted championship this year by not getting enough sleep.
The death rate from breast cancer is 9pc lower among women in the east compared to the rest of the country, according to a new study.
The pathologist who misdiagnosed the breast cancer tests of two patients at St James's Hospital in Dublin was employed there for the whole of 2010.
Claims by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that patient safety concerns were part of the reason for rationing the prescription of the Versatis pain patch were described as "beyond comprehension" by a doctor.
A man who has been given an appointment to see a neurologist in January 2024 has told of his shock at the length of time he was expected to endure before being assessed by the specialist.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's recent comment that a figure of 6,300 children on the waiting list to see a psychologist amounted to a move in "the right direction" shows a worrying level of complacency.
Strengthened warnings about the prescribing of the medicine valproate, which has been linked to birth defects, were issued to pharmacists today.
MURIEL Kiely is still haunted by the last desperate words of her long-time partner Jimmy as he died gasping for breath.
Widening the grounds for abortion will have implications for maternity services and may affect waiting lists for gynaecological surgery.
An elderly man who was transferred from hospital to a nursing home suffered a “horrific death” that was completely preventable, a report revealed today.
A review of the breast cancer test results for around 270 patients has been ruled out despite the doctor involved in their care misdiagnosing two other women with the disease.
Three pints of beer or two large glasses of wine each day can push drinkers towards early dementia, a new study reveals today.
More patients with oesophageal cancer are being treated early in this country, which is increasing their chances of survival.
Counselling services for women in crisis pregnancy - which are aimed at reducing the abortion rate - are criticised for being too limited in their opening hours, despite getting €2.6m in State funding.
The readiness of the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street to respond to major emergencies when surgery is needed will be probed in an inquiry into the death of Malak Thawley.
The number of children enduring the most gruelling delays to see a specialist has spiralled to 8,553 - up from 505 since the Government took office, new figures reveal.
The readiness of the National Maternity Hospital in Holles St to respond to major emergencies when surgery is needed is to be probed in an inquiry into the death of Malak Thawley, it emerged today.
The country's first supervised injecting centre for drug addicts is expected to be in Merchant's Quay in Dublin.
Three hospitals - in Dublin, Cork and Galway - will be dedicated to treating patients on waiting lists and providing quicker access to scans.
The opening of the country’s first supervised drug injecting centre moved a step closer today after it was announced the Merchant’s Quay Project has been chosen to run it.
Medical consultants earning almost €200m a year in fees for treating private patients in public hospitals are opposing controversial plans to overhaul the service, it has emerged.
A shortage of beds forced doctors in the main children's hospitals to keep 11 young patients - including a newborn baby - in its A&E for more than nine hours yesterday.