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Claim of one applicant for every four nursing posts debunked

Claim of one applicant for every four nursing posts debunked

The HSE has run five recent nursing recruitment competitions for more than 500 vacancies, and the figures paint a different picture, with some recruitment rounds receiving six times as many applicants as needed

State spends €2m ahead of test case on flu vaccine side-effects

State spends €2m ahead of test case on flu vaccine side-effects

Aoife Bennett (26) is suing the Minister for Health, the HSE and manufacturer Glaxosmithkline, having received the vaccine in a HSE clinic in December 2009 during the swine flu pandemic. The medicines regulator is the fourth defendant

Politicians shouldn’t play God with drugs funding

Politicians shouldn’t play God with drugs funding

Prioritising one patient group - perhaps because of the power of their advocacy - means another group will lose out, even if their case for funding is much stronger

Independent review of nurses’ claims is vital

Independent review of nurses’ claims is vital

The government needs this dispute like a hole in the head, but it had better not make the same mistakes it made with the Garda pay debacle

Further departures likely as Costello steps down

Further departures likely as Costello steps down

Surgeons welcome introduction of operating theatre assistants

Surgeons welcome introduction of operating theatre assistants

New clinical disciplines believed to be key to reducing staff shortages

Resolve never to detox again

Resolve never to detox again

The idea of flushing out toxins is based on misguided medieval notions of how our bodies work, and pursuing it can actually damage your health

The right to choose death

The right to choose death

After the legalisations of abortion and gay marriage, many people feel that assisted dying should be the next civil right to be enshrined in Irish law. But campaigners, while hopeful, know that the road ahead will be a long and hard one

Hospital groups to be dissolved in major health service reshuffle

Hospital groups to be dissolved in major health service reshuffle

The new structure – being drawn up by the Sláintecare health reform office headed by Laura Magahy and senior officials in the department – will result in six regional integrated care organisations (Ricos) being established

Return to Irish health service after working overseas a culture shock

Return to Irish health service after working overseas a culture shock

One fifth of consultant posts remain vacant, leaving hospital doctors under severe pressure and putting patient safety at risk

National Children’s Hospital board is worried about shortage of consultants

National Children’s Hospital board is worried about shortage of consultants

The joint medical board of the Children’s Hospital Group wrote to Minister for Health Simon Harris late last year expressing concern about its ability to 'adequately staff both the main hospital and the satellite units for urgent and ambulatory care'

One in six hospital consultant jobs unfilled

One in six hospital consultant jobs unfilled

The €1.7 billion National Children’s Hospital project is among those struggling to recruit senior medical staff

Department of Health told of huge hospital overrun months before disclosure

Department of Health told of huge hospital overrun months before disclosure

Officials said overrun figure on €1.7 billion project was not ‘final’

The nursing strike: How we got here

The nursing strike: How we got here

Do we have a serious recruitment and retention crisis in nursing? Are nurses badly underpaid? Here we examine the claims and counterclaims in the current spat

PwC appointed to review costs at new Children’s Hospital

PwC appointed to review costs at new Children’s Hospital

The hospital, which will be built on the St James’s hospital campus in Dublin 8, is expected to open in August 2022 and is now expected to cost more than €1.73 billion