The Wicklow Hospice Foundation has planning permission for the 15-bed project at Magheramore

Varadkar ready to accept Wicklow hospice site

29 Jan The HSE has said Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is prepared to accept the Magheramore site near Brittas Bay for the planned new Wicklow Hospice, subject to certain conditions being met.

Magdalene women are to get medical services equivalent to those provided to the holders of the unique Health Amendment Act Card

Magdalene women to get special medical card

28 Jan The Government is to give effect to Judge John Quirke's recommendation that the special medical card be awarded to survivors of Magdalene Laundries and similar institutions.

Two babies died at Portiuncula Hospital and five others had to be transferred to hospital in Dublin for emergency treatment

Varadkar says maternity hospitals are safe

23 Jan Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said that it is not clear if medical negligence was involved in the care of seven babies who had evidence of oxygen deprivation at Portiuncula Hospital in Co Galway.

Most cases in the outbreak have been linked to an initial exposure at Disneyland

Vaccination call after Disneyland measles outbreak

24 Jan The leading US paediatrician group has urged parents, schools and communities to vaccinate children against measles in the face of an outbreak that began at Disneyland in California in December and has spread to more than 80 people in seven US states and Mexico.

One patient is being moved to each of the hospital wards to bring the emergency department figures down

Efforts to reduce Limerick hospital overcrowding

22 Jan Capping the number of patients waiting on trolleys at University Hospital Limerick at 20 a day, is one of the initiatives undertaken to deal with the crisis in the hospital emergency department.

Nurse Mary Mealy said she felt humiliated when she was dismissed in August 2012

Nurse denies throwing medicines in bin

21 Jan A Nursing and Midwifery Board fitness to practise inquiry has adjourned to consider its findings into allegations that a Director of Nursing failed to administer medicines and disposed of them.

Developing countries suffering long-term consequences of vaccine costs

MSF calls for child vaccine price cuts

20 Jan Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières has called on pharmaceutical companies to cut the price of children's vaccines and to reform the way they are produced and sold.

Dr Declan Egan faces an allegation of clipping both fallopian tubes in circumstances where this was not consistent with the consent form

Inquiry into action by fertility doctor

20 Jan A Medical Council inquiry into a case involving a fertility doctor who carried out a procedure on a Galway woman has heard a decision to clip both of her fallopian tubes without consent was extraordinary.