Press Releases

Statement from Minister Harris: Cannabis for Medical Reasons

I would like to state that I have provided a further update to Ms Vera Twomey tonight, following our most recent meeting on Thursday 23rd February and an email update on Tuesday 28th February, in which I informed her that the HSE has advised me that her consultant will be in touch to arrange a

Record Number of Living Kidney Donor Transplants

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today announced details of organ transplant and donation figures for 2016.  A notable highlight is the record performance for the Living Kidney Donor Programme which reached a milestone of 50 living donor transplants for the first time. Minister Harris said, “The Living Kidney Donor Programme continues to go from

Minister Harris welcomes deferral of INMO industrial action 

Minister for Health Simon Harris welcomed the deferral of industrial action by the INMO today. Commenting,  the Minister said; ‘I welcome the deferral and respect the process the INMO is now undertaking to ballot its members and reiterate my commitment to working to invest in and further improve the Irish health service’.

Update on progress re Cannabis for medical reasons

I would like to update all those who have an interest on progress in relation to my and my Department’s efforts with the assistance of the HPRA (Health Products Regulatory Association) on advancing access for patients to cannabis for medical reasons, based on the best scientific advice. While I do not generally comment on individual

Statement from Minister Harris on Orkambi

“I am extremely conscious that the last number of months have been an extraordinarily stressful and worrying time for many CF patients and their families. Last Monday (27th February) I provided an update on progress in relation to Orkambi  when I stressed that I expect the process can be concluded in a period of weeks. 

Minister Harris cuts prescription charges for over 390,000 people

Minister for Health Simon Harris today announced that 390,000 people over 70 years with a medical card, including their dependents, will benefit from reductions to prescription charges. From tomorrow, Wednesday 1st March, prescription charges will be reduced from €2.50 to €2.00 per item and in addition the maximum monthly limit will be reduced from €25

Minister McGrath welcomes the publication of the Devine and Resilience Reports

Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath, TD, today (28th February 2017) welcomed the publication by the HSE of the Devine and Resilience reports into certain issues relating to a former foster home in the South East. This follows the Minister’s request to the HSE to engage with An Garda Síochána with

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