Chris King with his new hands at Leeds General Infirmary

Hand transplant patient feels 'whole again'

22 Jul The first person in the UK to have a double hand transplant says he feels "whole again" as he looks forward to holding a bottle of beer and wearing shirts with real buttons.

RCSI sees it as an affordable alternative method of training students and doctors where expensive simulators are not available

VR app being launched to help train doctors

21 Jul A fully interactive and free virtual reality app, designed to train doctors and students in emergency room techniques, has been launched by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Inspections were carried out from January-March

HIQA: Inexperienced staff dealt with welfare cases

21 Jul A HIQA inspection of Child Protection and Welfare Services in the midlands has found that one duty team which regularly dealt with unassessed risk was predominantly made up of inexperienced social workers.

The report's author says because of clients lack of capacity they were unable to escape abuse situations

Ministers meet with HSE over care service reports

18 Jul Ministers Finian McGrath and Simon Harris have met with senior officials from the HSE in the wake of recent reports about services for people with a disability provided by or funded by the executive.

The young woman, known as Mary, was removed from the home in February

HSE aware of Mary case much earlier than admitted

17 Jul New records uncovered by RTÉ's This Week reveal the HSE was involved in the case of a young woman with intellectual disabilities deemed to be at risk much earlier than it previously admitted.

Finian McGrath said he was 'appalled' by the findings

McGrath to meet HSE over disability revelations

15 Jul The Minister of State with responsibility for disability will meet with HSE officials on Monday to discuss revelations of a leaked review on the care of adults with intellectual disabilities.

The study is based on face-to-face interviews by the Central Statistics Office with almost 6,000 adults in 2013

Groundbreaking study on quality of life problems

13 Jul Young adults in Ireland are almost twice as likely as people over 70 to experience three or more quality of life problems, according to a study by the Economic and Social Research Institute.

Vaccine manufacturer GSK and the HSE deny the claims

Sleep disorder followed swine flu shot, court told

13 Jul The High Court has been told that up to 100 children in the country are not receiving appropriate treatment for a sleep disorder they developed after receiving the swine flu vaccine more than six years ago.

St John of God head office in Stillorgan, Dublin

Harris says top-ups must be returned

12 Jul A row over pay and pension top-ups in HSE-funded agencies has intensified after Minister for Health Simon Harris warned that excess payments would have to be reimbursed.

Red-haired people all have two copies of the gene variant

'Ginger gene' linked to skin cancer risk

12 Jul An inherited "ginger gene" associated with red hair, pale skin and freckles is directly linked to the genetic risk of developing skin cancer, new evidence has shown for the first time.