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Forget the soundbites, focus on the core of what O’Brien said

Forget the soundbites, focus on the core of what O’Brien said

Politics still holds sway over policy when it comes to our healthcare system

HSE’s efforts to replace Tony O’Brien collapse

HSE’s efforts to replace Tony O’Brien collapse

John Connaghan, interim director-general of the HSE, has told senior staff that he will remain in the post longer than expected and into 2019. Connaghan did not apply for the permanent job

Tony O’Brien’s forced exit was about politics, not accountability

Tony O’Brien’s forced exit was about politics, not accountability

A ‘someone has to go’ sacking is not the same as holding people and structures to account

How politics makes the  Irish health service unwell

How politics makes the Irish health service unwell

The HSE was set up to remove political interference from the health service. It hasn’t worked, either at local or ministerial level

Bruised, battered but unbowed

Bruised, battered but unbowed

Last May, Tony O’Brien resigned as head of the HSE over the CervicalCheck controversy. Stung by what he feels was unfair treatment, he calls for a ‘sense of decorum and fairness’ to ‘return to Irish political life and the mainstream media’

Digital health firm aims to raise €9.5m for global expansion

Digital health firm aims to raise €9.5m for global expansion

Trolley Watch: The quick and dirty health service indicator

Trolley Watch: The quick and dirty health service indicator

There may have been a task force and there may have been recommendations, but the HSE has still managed to drive up the number of patients on trolleys in emergency departments around the country

Retain private practice in public hospitals

Retain private practice in public hospitals

We cannot allow the availability of specialists and services be subject to vagaries of the market

Doctors say scope of Cervical Check report was too limited

Doctors say scope of Cervical Check report was too limited

When will the HSE come clean on the facts?

When will the HSE come clean on the facts?

CervicalCheck omnishambles is clouded by misinformation

CervicalCheck review is shunned

CervicalCheck review is shunned

Fewer than a quarter of the 221 women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy have consented to participate in the major review into their care instigated by the government

Budget allocates more than €17bn to health sector

Budget allocates more than €17bn to health sector

This represents a significant €1.695 billion increase on the initial funding commitment for 2018

Brexit: Harmful to your health

Brexit: Harmful to your health

Cross-border services, freedom of movement: the ramifications of Brexit for these and other issues seem certain to turn parts of the Irish healthcare system upside-down

Patients left without proper health cover, warn 18 private hospitals

Patients left without proper health cover, warn 18 private hospitals

The Private Hospitals Association has warned that increasing numbers of patients are realising too late that their cover falls short of the standard required

HSE agrees to new contract with cervical screening lab

HSE agrees to new contract with cervical screening lab

A deal was reached last week with Quest, with the health service agreeing to underwrite some medical negligence costs that may arise in future under the CervicalCheck programme