Press Releases

        Good news for children and teenagers with diabetes – approval given to reimburse blood glucose management system Freestyle Libre – Harris

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today welcomed the HSE’s decision to reimburse Freestyle Libre for children and young adults Speaking today, Minister Harris said “Almost 190,000 people in Ireland have diabetes.  This is a chronic disease that takes a lot of management, but we have made huge strides in treating and managing diabetes here

New online service to apply for a Medical Card is quick and easy – Minister Harris

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said today (Monday) that the new online service to apply for a Medical Card is quick and easy. www.medicalcard.ie was launched today Minister Harris said “This new service enables people for the first time to apply online for a Medical Card quickly and easily, using the HSE’s step by

National Public Health Emergency Team on CPE held 10th meeting today

The National Public Health Emergency Team on Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) held their tenth meeting today, 11 January 2018. The focus of the agenda and items discussed included the status of implementation of specific screening requirements across the Hospital Groups, an update from the Expert Group and the latest figures from the National CPE Reference Laboratory.

Statement on behalf of Minister Simon Harris following today’s meeting of the ED Taskforce

“This afternoon I met with members of the Emergency Department Taskforce to discuss the current pressure being experienced in EDs across the country and the exceptional measures being taken to alleviate this. It’s unacceptable that patients are experiencing very difficult conditions in our EDs. However, we are beginning to see an impact from the exceptional

Statement from Minister Harris

“Today I held a teleconference with the chief executives of the country’s hospital groups to discuss the overcrowding and the very difficult conditions for patients and staff. I thanked them for their work and that of their staff, and stressed the importance of having clinical decision makers in place in hospitals at key times to

National Public Health Emergency Team on CPE held their 9th meeting today

The National Public Health Emergency Team on Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) held their ninth meeting today, 04 January 2018. The focus of the agenda and items discussed included an update from the Implementation Team, the membership and work of the Expert Group and the latest figures from the National CPE Reference Laboratory. The Implementation Team updated

Statement from Minister Simon Harris

“I want to recognise again the intense efforts of all our staff across the health service and the very difficult conditions patients experience at this time of high pressure in our emergency departments. “I met again today with senior staff in my own Department and continue to be regularly updated by senior officials in the

Statement from Minister Harris

“Firstly thank you to everyone working in the health service today in difficult circumstances. I want them and our patients to know that no effort or resource is being spared to improve this situation. We are entering a difficult few weeks and our health services are experiencing extra pressure because of the flu season. Traditionally

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