1,200 patients in ‘outdated’ institutions to be moved >> Minister for State with responsibility for mental health John Moloney says he wants to close the remaining 14 Victorian-era institutions and provide new community-based facilities. >> Irish Times

Top consultant backs hospital protest > The consultant has already resigned from a steering group set up by the HSE to examine the ‘reconfiguration’ of acute hospital services across the south-east and is now backing a protest march due to take place at the end of the month. >> Indo

Group says obstetricians need to ‘regain trust’ over symphysiotomies > WOMEN who underwent symphysiotomies in this country have called upon obstetricians to concede the procedures should not have taken place over the past century. >> Irish Examiner