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National Public Health Emergency Team on CPE held their seventh meeting today

The National Public Health Emergency Team on Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) held their seventh meeting today, 14 December 2017. The agenda and discussions focused on the current situational analysis, the HSE’s actions to respond to patients at risk and the latest figures from the National CPE Reference Laboratory. It was recognised that since the first meeting

Minister Harris welcomes establishment of Independent Review Group examining the removal of private practice from public hospitals

Public consultation launched to hear the views of stakeholders The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, today (Thursday) welcomed the holding of the first meeting of the Independent Review Group to examine the removal of private practice from public acute hospitals. He has also announced the opening of a public consultation and encouraged submissions from

Minister Catherine Byrne welcomes the introduction of Physical Education as an Examinable Subject for the Leaving Certificate in September 2018

The Minister for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne, has welcomed the announcement by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton this week that Physical Education is to be introduced as an examinable subject for the Leaving Certificate in September, 2018. The new Leaving Certificate PE (LCPE) curriculum will be available

New National Adult Safeguarding Policy to be developed for the health sector

A new National Adult Safeguarding Policy is to be developed for the health sector, after Government granted approval for the move yesterday. The safety and protection of vulnerable people is a key objective of Government and society. The Government’s decision acknowledges the need to build further on the existing range of policies, procedures, codes of

Minister Harris announces significant Patient Safety Progress – Approval of the General Scheme of the Patient Safety (Licensing) Bill

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today received Government approval for the drafting of the Patient Safety (Licensing) Bill.   The General Scheme of the Bill is now being referred to the Oireachtas Committee on Health for pre-legislative scrutiny Speaking today, Minister Harris said “The aim of this licensing legislation is to ensure that hospital

Health Ministers Announce New Supports for Carers & People with Disabilities

–        GP Visit Cards for all in receipt of carers allowance –        €10 million extra for respite care The Government today agreed new health service measures that will have a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities and their carers.  Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, the

National Public Health Emergency Team on CPE held their sixth meeting today

The National Public Health Emergency Team on Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) held their sixth meeting today, 07 December 2017. The agenda and discussions focused on the findings from the assessment of infection prevention and control and antimicrobial stewardship governance arrangements at Hospital Group and Community Health Organisation level, an update on the work of the Expert

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