Press Releases

New Year’s Day reduction in cost of medication for families – Minister Harris

  · 500,000 families to see prescription charges reduced · €120 saving for families as threshold for Drug Payment Scheme reduced   Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has announced that Budget Day reductions in the cost of medicine for families kick in today. Minister Harris said “as part of Budget 2018 I was delighted

Record Numbers of Organ Donors and Organ Transplants as Milestone of 300 transplants reached in 2017 Large Majority support planned opt-out system – Minister Harris publishes Report on the Public Consultation for a proposed Human Tissue Bill

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today (Friday) announced a record number of organ donor and transplantation figures for 2017. This is the first year in which the milestone of 300 organ transplants has been reached. Minister Harris said “I am heartened that 2017 marked our highest annual transplant performance and saw 308 transplants carried

Department of Health publishes Health in Ireland Key Trends 2017

The Department of Health has today (Thursday) published the 10th edition of Health in Ireland: Key Trends 2017. Health in Ireland Key Trends gives us an insight into trends for demographics, population health, hospital and primary care, health service employment and expenditure. In this 2017 report, trends from the last decade highlight significant achievements that

Minister Byrne welcomes results of study on problem opiate use in Ireland highlighting a reduction in the number of young people commencing opiate use

Minister of State with responsibility for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne, TD welcomed the results of a study of opiate use in Ireland for the period 2011- 2014, which indicates that overall prevalence rates of problem opiate use in Ireland remain stable and that fewer young people are starting to use

Publication of Sixth Strategic Review of Medical Training and Career Structure – (MacCraith) Progress Report

Minister for Health Simon Harris today (Friday) welcomed the publication of the Sixth Strategic Review of Medical Training and Career Structure (MacCraith) Progress Report. The report, from the MacCraith Implementation Monitoring Group, highlights the implementation of many of the recommendations made by the Strategic Review Working Group in 2013–2014. The recruitment and retention of medical

National Public Health Emergency Team on CPE publish situational analysis today

The National Public Health Emergency Team on Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) published their first situational analysis report today, 21 December 2017. The group also held their eighth meeting today. The situational analysis report provides an overview of the information gathered via the National Public Health Emergency Team process to date. It includes background information, the key

Minister for Health welcomes publication of HSE National Service Plan 2018

Increases in Respite and Home Support Hours, Speech and Language Therapy, Community Intervention Team referrals and Paediatric Homecare Packages Improved access to Mental Health Services, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services and Maternity services, including Anomaly Scans Focus on cutting Waiting Lists and improving Access to Hospital Services Value Improvement Programme to be set up Minister

It’s important that the report of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution is now given full consideration – Minister Harris

Minister for Health Simon Harris has welcomed the publication of the report of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution today (Wednesday), and stressed the need for its recommendations to now be given full consideration. The Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, chaired by Senator Catherine Noone, was established

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