The State currently spends around €1.3 billion a year on medicines

IPHA calls for quicker assessment of new medicines

15.27 The Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association has said it will propose a new system to ensure Irish patients are among the first in Europe to access new medicines, in a way that is affordable to the State.

11,300 people have died since an outbreak of Ebola in December 2013 in Guinea

50 quarantined after Ebola death in Sierra Leone

02 Sep Fifty people have been placed in quarantine in northern Sierra Leone after the death of a middle-aged woman from the Ebola virus, in a setback for the country's bid to gain Ebola-free status.

The board found Bimbo Paden's actions were out of character

Nurse fined for taping patient's mouth

02 Sep A nurse who placed surgical tape over a patient's mouth has been fined €2,000 by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, after its recent inquiry into him.

The HSE said there is a lead-in time to the recruitment of new staff, particularly for scarce clinical staff

HSE requires 'significant extra investment'

31 Aug HSE Director General Tony O' Brien has said frontline health services require significant extra investment "to begin to repair the impact of six to seven years of austerity and move towards acceptable levels of service".

Love heart shaped cakes in a Delhi bakery

FDA approves 'female Viagra' in US

19 Aug The first drug to treat low sexual desire in women won approval from US health regulators last night, but with a warning about potentially dangerous low blood pressure and fainting side effects, especially when taken with alcohol.

A 2011 HSE report recommended that the thousands living in such large institutional settings should be moved

€240m needed to re-accommodate disabled

16 Aug The HSE has said it will need €240m in new capital funding to fully meet the new accommodation needs of almost 3,000 people with disabilities currently in controversial congregated settings.

The HSE said plans are in place to ensure that there is no disruption in service to residents

Three Áras Attracta staff members put off duty

14 Aug The HSE has said that as part of its ongoing investigation into Áras Attracta following an RTÉ Investigations Unit report, three members of the nursing staff have been put off duty with pay.

The residential unit is on a campus run by St Patrick's Centre Kilkenny Limited

HIQA: 'Rodent traps' in centre's dining room

12 Aug Independent watchdog HIQA has found a Kilkenny residential centre for highly dependent people with intellectual disabilities is understaffed, unclean and ineffectively protected against fire.

The condition is tested for at birth with the heel prick test

Calls for HSE to supply PKU drug for children

10 Aug Parents of children who suffer from a rare genetic disorder are calling on the HSE to cover the cost of a drug which they say would be life changing for those with the condition.