The Irish Cancer Society has launched a new smoking cessation project

Disadvantaged women more likely to smoke

29 May Women living in poorer communities are more than four-and-a-half times as likely to smoke than those in more affluent communities, according to the latest figures from the HSE.

Complaints to the Ombudsman about healthcare represent 20% of all complaints received

Concern that fear stops healthcare complaints

27 May People are afraid to complain about the care and treatment they get in hospitals because they are worried what will happen to themselves or their loves ones, according to the Ombudsman.

Justice for Magdalene has said the RWRCI cards are long overdue

Magdalene survivors can still apply for redress

25 May Minister of State for Primary and Social Care Kathleen Lynch has said there is still time for women who have not accepted the State's Magdalene laundries redress scheme to apply for the plan so they can avail of special medical cards.

The PNA says nurses are deeply concerned about staffing for the unit

Nurses reject LRC proposals over psychiatric unit

22 May Members of the Psychiatric Nurses' Association have voted by 80% against acceptance of Labour Relations Commission proposals for the staffing of a new acute psychiatric unit at Cork University Hospital.

Tony O'Brien said the picture of what happened at Portlaoise was 'not a pretty one'

Portlaoise inquiry team will have 'free rein'

20 May Health Service Executive Director General Tony O'Brien has said that collectively, the executive would be "ashamed" of what occurred at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.

One report expressed concern that institutional practices might have a direct negative impact on the lives of residents

HIQA concerns over Co Kildare centres

19 May HIQA has expressed concerns over two separate centres for people with disabilities in Co Kildare, highlighting issues in several areas including social care and safety.

Dr Rhona Mahony said maternity services in Ireland rely heavily on non-consultant hospital doctors

Call for more senior trained doctors and midwives

18 May The Master of the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street in Dublin has said the way to better maternity services in Ireland is to increase the numbers of senior trained doctors and midwives.