Mortality rate for breast cancer is 9pc lower among women in eastern region
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 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...
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 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.
Ten patients who underwent a scan were wrongly given the all-clear, it emerged today as the review screening, ordered at University Hospital Kerry, was completed.
The death toll from flu this winter has climbed to 92 - but virus continues to be on the wane.
Some 18 children were on hospital trolleys waiting for a bed today as doctors treated a spike in winter-related illness.
Many parents visit GPs with "snotty-nosed" children thinking they have meningitis, a leading doctor warned.
Hospital waiting lists have spiralled to a new record with 502,482 public patients now in the queue to see a specialist.
A new voluntary code aimed at curbing the promotion of junk food has been launched without revealing how it will be policed.
A new voluntary code to regulate advertising of sugary and salty foods is "doomed to failure" according to one expert in the field.
One in every 100 patients attending A&E has sepsis, a serious complication of infection, according to a new study.
A group of polio survivors protested outside the headquarters of the disability organisation Rehab in Dublin in an ongoing row over financial support.
Irish dairy farmers have a high incidence of respiratory problems which may be due to continuing work-related dust exposure, a new study has revealed.
The plight of older people having to go into nursing homes because they cannot secure HSE home care and other supports is a "very serious issue", Health Minister Simon Harris has admitted.
A crunch meeting on the possible closure of a mental health facility for the elderly will be held at senior level today as Communications Minister Denis Naughten comes under increasing pressure to secure its future.
The three main maternity hospitals in Dublin are among 11 centres involved in a safety probe of machines used to monitor a baby's heartbeat during labour.
There are 73 doctors working as consultants in hospitals who do not have full specialist training.
A disabilities centre at the centre of abuse allegations has said a job opening at the centre is not linked to staff suspensions.
Some sufferers of debilitating nerve pain are at risk of taking their own lives following the controversial decision to ration access to a treatment patch that has provided relief from their misery.
Amy O'Riordan says she is "shocked and devastated" she will be deprived of the pain-relieving patch she relied on to allow her to leave home.
The care of some patients attending hospitals in parts of the country with slow broadband is coming under increasing pressure as doctors struggle to run high-tech equipment.
The cost of providing patients with Versatis pain-relieving plasters is jumping by €8m a year, according to a HSE circular sent to doctors asking for curbs in prescribing the product.
The death toll from flu has climbed to 70 with the elderly worst hit by the virus, it has emerged.
Construction on the first phase of the new National Maternity Hospital will begin at the end of this year, outgoing master Dr Rhona Mahony has revealed.
A psychiatrist should not have used HSE-headed notepaper to write to TDs asking them to resist the pressure to repeal the Eighth Amendment, HSE chief Tony O’Brien said today.
Women in some parts of the country could face difficulties in accessing abortion locally, if groups of GPs decide to opt out of providing the service on grounds of conscience or resources.
Five staff in a disability centre have been placed on paid leave during an investigation into allegations of abuse, it was confirmed yesterday.
The care of patients involved in serious car crashes and accidents will be confined to just two major centres in hospitals in Dublin and Cork under new health proposals.
A Dublin nursing home, linked to Beaumont Hospital, had inadequate safeguards in place to protect residents when there were allegations of abuse, an inspectors’ report has revealed.
GPs said they are alarmed that Health Minister Simon Harris has decided they will "lead out an abortion service" without even consulting them first.
The fall-off in take-up of the HPV vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer, was highest among schoolgirls in Kerry during the last academic year, new figures reveal.
Around 2,100 people have died from alcohol-related disease during the two-year delay in bringing forward the Government's proposed legislation aimed at tackling the country's booze culture, it has been claimed.
It's vital to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking herbal remedies along with prescription drugs.
Doctors have stressed the need for legal clarity to allow them to act in line with their own conscience and personally held views if the country's abortion laws are changed.
One in three hospitals inspected over the course of a year had no formal plan on medication safety, according to a report from the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa).
Women who have an abortion on the grounds their child will be born with Down syndrome are "not doing it lightly," Health Minister Simon Harris has insisted.
Nearly one in five patients diagnosed with flu last week had another respiratory virus, it emerged yesterday.
The death toll from flu this season has climbed to 55, new figures released today reveal.
More than 80 Irish women had abortions in two years on the grounds their unborn baby would have Down syndrome.
One of the many tests of how we will vote in the referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment will be how we analyse and come to terms with uncomfortable truths.
Information on abortion clinics and the referral of women who want to terminate their pregnancy will have to be overhauled if abortion laws are widened.
Ireland has the worst hospital waiting lists in Europe, according to a new league table.
Consumers have been warned not to waste their money on commercial food intolerance tests.
The husband of the late Malak Thawley, who died during emergency surgery at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, Dublin, is hurt and in shock at the decision to legally challenge the manner of an inquiry into her death without any notice.
The National Maternity Hospital in Holles St is challenging the form of inquiry ordered by Health Minister Simon Harris into the death of Malak Thawley, saying it may have a "chilling" effect on doctors carrying out emergency surgery.
The HSE said it has issued "clear guidance" to the heads of mental health services "detailing and clarifying" the roles and responsibilities of psychiatrists in cases where a pregnant woman is seeking an abortion on grounds of suicide risk.
Hospitals battling the flu and trolley crisis have also been hit with outbreaks of a dangerous superbug in recent weeks.
Flu tightened its grip over the past week, causing 400 patients to be hospitalised and bringing the death toll from the illness to 34 this season.
Concerns have emerged at senior HSE levels about the failure to always secure a psychiatrist to give a second opinion in cases where a pregnant woman is seeking an abortion on the grounds she is suicidal.
Three-quarters of GPs say they have suffered a patient suicide - but most are not prepared to assess the risk of someone taking their own life, a new study reveals.
The flu has claimed another ten lives - bringing the death toll from the virus to 34 this season.
The new "safety net" for waiting-list patients who are availing of healthcare in Northern Ireland is being used by more people - but it may be in jeopardy after Brexit, it has emerged.
Up to 4,000 patients could needlessly die if extra beds are delayed for another decade to tackle the A&E crisis, a leading doctor has warned.
A family who lost their father to bowel cancer - after he was wrongly given the all-clear - spoke of their heartbreak yesterday after an investigation revealed the blunder may have been picked up earlier.
The chief medical officer is investigating concerns around the use of mesh implants, used for bladder control in women, following allegations that a significant number of patients are suffering long-term side effects.
Concerns about the performance of a doctor carrying out invasive tests were raised long before a review found 13 patients, who had bowel cancer, were wrongly given the all clear, a report revealed today. This amounted to a “missed opportunity.”
Merely breathing out is enough to spread the flu virus, according to new research.
Health Minister Simon Harris is keeping a series of "report cards" he sought on HSE managers during last winter's trolley crisis under wraps.
Nearly 2,600 extra acute hospital beds will be needed by 2031- but the number could be as high as 7,000 unless the health service is reformed, a new report has warned.
The numbers of patients on hospital trolleys soared to 668 today – another near record high as the crisis deepened.
Hospital beds and theatres are lying idle as patients languish on soaring public waiting lists, the Irish Independent has learned.
Dubliner Michael Reilly, who has been on a waiting list for 14 months for a hip operation, said the pain he must endure is destroying his life.
A teenage boy's dream of becoming a successful rapper has come true, just days after his heartbroken family laid him to rest.
John Pepper, the Group Chief Executive of the Saint John of God Group (SJOG) has stepped down, it was confirmed this evening.
The number of patients who were given a wrong scan diagnosis in University Hospital Kerry has risen to nine.
Elderly people could have been injured in the communal room of a private nursing home where only one member of staff was on duty to look after 17 residents, an inspectors' report has revealed.
THE flu has killed 24 patients, including people who had no other illness this winter, it was revealed today.
Confirmation that the State will help fund couples to choose the sex of their baby to avoid having a child with a serious genetic disease will open up new concerns that we are on a moral slippery slope.
Public health doctors are trying to contain a potential outbreak of measles in Limerick. A case has been confirmed in the city and as a precaution the HSE is writing to all patients identified as being at risk of exposure, advising them that they may be at risk of infection.
Six outbreaks of flu have already occurred in overcrowded hospitals this winter - highlighting the risks to vulnerable patients.
Parents will be allowed to choose the sex of their baby under proposed new legislation, it emerged yesterday.
One in five people in Ireland has less sympathy for someone with lung cancer compared to patients with other forms of the disease.
Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has told the HSE it must improve its treatment abroad scheme, which pays for patients to avail of care they cannot receive here.
A vaccine that can reduce the risk of suffering flu-related pneumonia has a low uptake among over-65s and people with long-term diseases.
Up to 50 children have died from flu in the last five years, including a minority of young victims who were healthy with no previous risk factors.
Experts are warning people to follow infection-control practices - and said "washing of hands is more important than putting on a second pair of socks" in the cold weather.
A lack of beds has forced 73 children to languish on trolleys in emergency departments in the last two weeks, it emerged today.
The crisis in the health service has escalated with new figures showing the number of public patients languishing on waiting lists to see a specialist has breached 500,000 for the first time.
What are the odds of you getting the nasty 'Aussie flu', the A(H3N2) strain, that has swept the country and looks set to linger for another six weeks?
Patients are having to endure the indignity of mixed wards as the trolley crisis continues to leave many hospitals with dangerous levels of overcrowding.
Healthy children are being struck by flu and having to be admitted to hospital, Dr Alf Nicholson, a paediatrician at Temple St Hospital, said yesterday.
Children with cystic fibrosis who are aged from six to 11 years old should have access to the drug Orkambi in a matter of weeks, it has emerged.
A pharmacist who ordered supplies of 20 flu vaccines from the HSE on January 6 was told they would not arrive for two weeks - despite the current outbreak.
Patients desperately in need of long-awaited operations have become the hidden victims of the nation's trolley crisis.
A strain of flu which is not covered by the only seasonal vaccine available free to at-risk patients is spreading and threatening to heap more misery on the country's emergency departments.
Unsuspecting diners were served up food from filthy eateries with rodent-infested kitchens and storage areas that doubled as bedrooms.
The number of hospital patients who have tested positive for a potentially lethal superbug has soared this year.
Patients will have to wait another six weeks before the backlog of scans being reviewed at University Hospital Kerry is complete.
Another 13 patients whose scans were reviewed by University Hospital Kerry have been called back for a re-check, it emerged yesterday.
A new mother, who left a maternity unit in a wheelchair and in pain, was later diagnosed with septicaemia, a form of blood poisoning, an independent review report has revealed.
Flu is on the rise in Ireland and the dominant form of the virus circulating is the same strain that caused people to fall ill in Australia during its last winter.
The HSE is promising that nobody will be waiting more than 15 months for surgery or an outpatient appointment in 2018 - despite seriously failing to live up to the same pledge this year.
GPs were informally warned about the quality of some of the reports by a consultant radiologist whose 46,000 patient scans are currently under review at University Hospital Kerry.
Emergency departments suffered one of the worst days of overcrowding yesterday as 562 patients waited hours for a bed.
Patients who need an ultrasound to investigate a potentially serious illness are now enduring a delay of at least three months in University Hospital Kerry before getting the vital scan, it emerged yesterday.
A consultant whose 46,000 patient scans are at the centre of a major investigation made a series of complaints about the running of the radiology department in University Hospital Kerry, the Irish Independent has learned.