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Almost a fifth of complaints by the public about doctors to the Medical Council relate to poor communication.
The scandal of hospital trolleys is revealed in new figures showing that on each day last winter more than 50 of the most elderly patients were waiting longer than 24 hours for a bed in A&E departments.
"I just feel with the winter coming in we are really going to struggle," said Denise Hartigan, a nurse at the Connolly Hospital, commenting about the beds, staffing and overcrowding issues affecting hospitals.
A pensioner diagnosed with terminal cancer has been told she is not eligible for a life-saving drug despite tests that indicate it would add years to her life.
Spending in the HSE can be difficult to examine because of the way it juggles its finances - moving funding from one area to another during the year, according to a new paper.
Tricking bacteria to consume a "Trojan horse" metal that looks like food but disrupts their ability to reproduce may be a way to defeat superbugs, say scientists.
It will be 2019 before all pregnant women are automatically offered an anomaly scan to find out if their baby has a fatal foetal abnormality, it emerged yesterday.
Paralysed patients are walking again after scientists coaxed undamaged nerves into taking over leg movements in a world first which offers new hope for disabled people.
Hundreds more women, who are outside the first group of cancer victims at the centre of the CervicalCheck controversy, are now being asked to take part in the wider review of the quality of laboratory screening.
One in four Irish parents whose children play sport has a near-constant worry their youngster will suffer concussion.
Too many people are missing out on the health benefits of golf, a sport which is good for both the mind and body and can help lead to a longer life, a panel of international experts has claimed.
The Government should provide equal access to potentially life-saving immunotherapy treatments, cancer experts have told the Minister for Health Simon Harris.
An exhausted full-time carer may have to cancel her first holiday in two years because there is no respite centre in the State available to take her husband.
Less than half of all hospital staff got the flu vaccine last winter - leaving themselves and patients at risk of the virus, new figures reveal.
Patients in the Republic who are languishing on hospital waiting lists will lose out after Brexit as a vital cross-border treatment scheme becomes more difficult to access.
A leading medical journal has warned that serious safety "indicators" were raised over the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix in 2009 - almost two years before the vaccine was finally suspended from use in Ireland.
A grieving family who lost their father were distressed after hospital staff returned his belongings in a plastic refuse bag - with the slippers he wore when admitted on top.
Medicines that need to be given to women having a medical termination may not be ready for authorisation in January when the new abortion law comes in to force.
Only one child in need of surgery for the severe spinal condition scoliosis has been sent abroad to the UK for an operation this year.
Health Minister Simon Harris has been told his decision on whether to grant access to a revolutionary new drug for children with a rare degenerative condition is one of life or death.
Women who want a medical abortion after nine weeks of pregnancy will have to go to a hospital rather than their GP to avoid a risk of complications, it emerged yesterday.
CervicalCheck, which has stopped auditing the screening test results of women after they are diagnosed with cervical cancer, will not resume the practice until a new system of review is in place, Health Minister Simon Harris said yesterday.
All-Star hurler and former young hurler of the year Cathal Barrett has been banned from driving for two years after being convicted of being intoxicated in charge of a car.