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Quotas needed to end gender divide in civil service – report

Quotas needed to end gender divide in civil service – report

There are just two women compared with 11 male secretaries general of government departments

Plan to introduce HPV cervical screening is delayed by six months

Plan to introduce HPV cervical screening is delayed by six months

The Department of Health has been informed of the timeline, which is longer than that promised by health minister Simon Harris

Hospital spending on drugs climbs by €115 million  in just four years

Hospital spending on drugs climbs by €115 million in just four years

Spending on medical and surgical supplies increased from €337 million to €401 million over the same four-year period

Biogen asks why Ireland won’t fund new spinal muscular atrophy drug

Biogen asks why Ireland won’t fund new spinal muscular atrophy drug

Biogen is also urgently calling on the HSE to reform the appraisal process for orphan medicines to treat rare diseases, arguing that there is a need for a greater degree of flexibility for these assessments

Judicial review of Holles Street inquiry to be heard this week

Judicial review of Holles Street inquiry to be heard this week

Health minister Simon Harris instructed healthcare regulator Hiqa to carry out a statutory investigation following the death of Malak Thawley, who died at the hospital in 2016. She died during surgery for an ectopic pregnancy

Taxpayers’ liability for clinical claims skyrockets to €1.98 billion

Taxpayers’ liability for clinical claims skyrockets to €1.98 billion

The State Claims Agency (SCA) said that maternity services claims comprised €1.4 billion, or 70 per cent of the total estimated outstanding clinical claims liability at the end of 2017

Health panel chair: Government ‘slowly strangling’ Sláintecare

Health panel chair: Government ‘slowly strangling’ Sláintecare

Independent Clare TD Dr Michael Harty, said that over 400 days after the publication of the Sláintecare report, the government had shown no desire to implement the radical blueprint

Nurses’ union threatens ballot over new staff grade

Nurses’ union threatens ballot over new staff grade

Hospital management wants to enable healthcare assistants (HCAs) to work as operating theatre assistants

Ireland’s EU drug-buying partnership secures first deal

Ireland’s EU drug-buying partnership secures first deal

The drug which the partnership agreed to fund is called Spinraza, which is used to treat Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Irish trial of cancer drug used by Vicky Phelan  ruled out

Irish trial of cancer drug used by Vicky Phelan ruled out

The manufacturer of the experimental drug that cancer sufferer Vicky Phelan is using has no plans to fund a drug trial in Ireland

The water files

The water files

As Irish Water faces a drought not seen for 40 years, emails from TDs, Senators and councillors obtained by The Sunday Business Post reveal that the state body was already beset by a litany of leaks and infrastructure failings

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

However water is paid for, and whoever delivers it, the future isn’t only to be found in domestic water metering, but in the efficient conservation of water through taxing businesses and investing in water planning.

‘Unacceptable’ living conditions contributed to ‘chronic neglect’ of two young children

‘Unacceptable’ living conditions contributed to ‘chronic neglect’ of two young children

A judge has ruled that two siblings should be left with their current foster carers until their mother’s mental health stabilises, despite their parents’ fears of one of them losing their cultural heritage

Smear test audits on hold pending findings of probe

Smear test audits on hold pending findings of probe

Access Denied

Access Denied

Cancer treatments that mobilise the sufferer’s immune system to fight the disease have dramatically altered the odds for some patients in recent years. But who will be able to access them –and at what cost to the state?