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

Nurses reject LRC proposals over psychiatric unit

11.25 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.

Leo Varadkar said it was "appalling" that parents were not dealt with honestly

Parents lied to over baby deaths - Varadkar

17 May Health Minister Leo Varadkar has admitted that parents of babies who died at the Midlands hospital in Portlaoise had been lied to over the circumstances of their children's deaths.

Kenneth Beazley died on 19 January in hospital in Cork

Coroner issues warning over drug interaction

14 May The Cork City Coroner has said doctors need to review the use of cholesterol lowering drugs during the treatment of acute severe illnesses given the risk of serious toxicity.

Phelim Quinn said an oversight committee should be appointed to oversee the recommendations

Oversight committee urged over Portlaoise report

13 May HIQA has said that given the significant system-wide recommendations in its Portlaoise investigation, there must be the political commitment to improve quality, safety and governance in the health system.

Damning report issued last week by HIQA on Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise

Varadkar 'disturbed' over Portlaoise HIQA report

12 May Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said he is appalled that patients at the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise were not treated with respect, care and compassion in the hour of their greatest need.

The Irish Medical Organisation said the deal is good for doctors, patients and the State

NAGP may take legal action on free GP care scheme

12 May The National Association of GPs has said its legal advice is that the proposed new scheme for free GP care for all children under the age of six would involve a clear breach of the existing GP contract.

Hannah Comber was found dead on at Heatherside Hospital in 2006

Report on hospital death in 2006 still unpublished

10 May A HSE investigation into the death of an elderly woman at a north Cork hospital nine years ago remains unpublished due to ongoing legal proceedings involving a number of nurses, RTÉ's This Week has learned.