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Minister Catherine Byrne attends EPSCO Informal Meeting of EU Health Ministers in Tallinn

Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne today attended an informal meeting of EU Health Ministers where she also had one to one meetings with representatives from the UK, Finland, Croatia, Latvia and the Czech Republic. During a discussion on the harmful use of alcohol, Minster Byrne reaffirmed Ireland’s

Ministers Harris and Creed secure Government approval for Ireland’s first National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance 2017-2020

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, have secured Government approval for Ireland’s first National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance 2017-2020. Antimicrobials are medicines, including antibiotics, which are used to treat infections or disease, and are essential in both human and animal health. Antimicrobial resistance

Minister Harris announces significant research as a key step in efforts to address gender imbalance in medicine the Irish health service

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today welcomed the publication of a report by the RCSI’s Working Group on Gender Diversity, which highlights barriers to female entry into and progression in surgical careers. The Working Group reviewed extensive literature in the area, held a national consultation and examined international best practice in investigating barriers to

Minister for Health Simon Harris launches National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026

Ambitious 10 year plan aims for survival rates that will be among the top in Europe, by focusing on prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and quality of life  #cancerstrategy17 Minister for Health, Simon Harris, today launched Ireland’s ambitious new ten-year National Cancer Strategy, following its approval by Government. The National Cancer Strategy 2017 – 2026 is

Statement from the Minister for Health

“Yesterday I heard of planned changes to supports for patients with breast cancer. This was the first I heard of these changes. When I became aware of the proposed changes, I intervened and their introduction is now deferred. Whilst I understand that the health service is working with a range of stakeholders, most importantly patients,

It is important that the report of the Citizens’ Assembly on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is now given full consideration

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said that it is important that the Citizens’ Assembly final report on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is given full consideration. The report has been published today. Minister Harris said, “The Government established the Citizens’ Assembly in line with our Programme for Partnership Government commitment to consider a

Minister Daly meets Age Action and Nursing Homes Ireland

Minister for Older People Jim Daly met today with Age Action and Nursing Homes Ireland to discuss nursing home charges and in particular the additional flat rate fee charged by many for services such as social programmes. Minister Daly said  “Reflecting my commitment to ensuring that our older population are protected, on being informed of

Minister Jim Daly attends the launch of SeniorLine

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly TD today spoke at the launch of Third Age’s ‘SeniorLine’. SeniorLine, formerly known as Senior Help Line, is a national confidential listening service provided by trained volunteers and is now open every day of the year from 10am to 10pm. The trained volunteers are

Minister McGrath launches Acquired Brain Injury Ireland’s Research Report – “Getting my life reset – Living with an Acquired Brain Injury: The Irish experience”

Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath TD today officially launched Acquired Brain Injury Ireland’s Research Report “Getting my life reset – Living with an Acquired Brain Injury: The Irish experience”. The Minister paid tribute to the 15 participants in the research who live with an acquired brain injury, saying “The authentic voices and stories of those

Minister Harris acknowledges the invaluable contribution made by nurses and midwives to the health system and their positive impact on patients at the launch of the Framework for National Performance Indicators for Nursing and Midwifery

The Framework for National Performance Indicators for Nursing and Midwifery was launched in the Department of Health today. The purpose of the Framework is to: set out the policy context for the development and use of nursing and midwifery performance indicators (PIs) to demonstrate the relationship between inputs and outcomes/impact; provide guidance on PIs including

Construction to begin on new multi-million euro National Forensic Mental Health Hospital

An Taoiseach announces the signing of the contract for the new complex at Portrane An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, along with Minister for Health, Simon Harris and Minister of State for Mental Health, Helen McEntee today announced the signing of the construction contract, for the new multi-million euro National Forensic Mental Health Service (NFMHS) complex, at

World No Tobacco Day – WHO Award for the Department of Health

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has awarded the Department of Health a prestigious 2017 World No Tobacco Day Award for its achievements in the area of tobacco control. Ireland is a world leader in tobacco control, and the team at the Department of Health has led the implementation of many of the measures that the

Minister Harris welcomes HSE Scoliosis Waiting List Action Plan

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has today welcomed the publication of the HSE Scoliosis Waiting List Action Plan for 2017. The Minister stated: “As I have been saying since I came into office, reducing waiting times is an absolute priority for me and one of my key objectives for this year. Too many patients wait

Minister McEntee launches “Connecting for Life: Kerry”

Minister of State for Mental Health McEntee today launched Connecting for Life: Kerry,a suicide prevention and self-harm plan for the area. This is the local implementation of Connecting for LifeIreland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide. Speaking at the launch, Minister McEntee said “This action plan for Kerry is based on the same vision, goals, objectives

Minister Harris welcomes Resolution on Sepsis at World Health Assembly

Ireland is a co-sponsor of the resolution on improving the prevention, diagnosis and management of sepsis Today (Friday May 26th) in Geneva, the 70th WHO World Health Assembly agreed a resolution, co-sponsored by Ireland, on improving the prevention, diagnosis and management of sepsis. Minister for Health Simon Harris TD said, “I welcome today’s resolution at

Minister McGrath opens new Day Service facility in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin

Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath TD today officially opened new day service facility “The Lodge” in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin as part of the Prosper Group. In opening the facility the Minister paid tribute to the philanthropy of the Reilly family who, he said: “have been championing the causes of people with disabilities in the area

Minister McGrath opens National Platform of Self Advocates Conference

Minister for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD today officially opened The National Platform of Self Advocates Conference for 2017. In opening the Conference the Minister thanked the organisation for their very important work which “through their member’s experience of living with an intellectual disability ensures that voices of people with intellectual disability from all over Ireland

An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD is joined by Minister for Health Mr Simon Harris TD and members of the Youth Advisory Council to cast the foundation stone for the new children’s hospital

An Taoiseach’s handprint, together with those from current and former users of the children’s hospital services, will be incorporated into the foundations of the new children’s hospital An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, together with Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and members of the Youth Advisory Council, cast the foundation stone for the new children’s

Minister Harris meets Commissioner Andriukaitis to discuss European health issues

Minister Harris today (23 May) welcomed EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, to Leinster House for a meeting to discuss health issues of significance for Ireland and for Europe. Minister Harris raised Ireland’s overall concerns and priorities in relation to Brexit with Commissioner Andriukaitis and discussed the implications of Brexit for the

Minister for Health welcomes release of HSE Maternity Clinical Complaints Review

The Minister for Health Simon Harris today welcomed the publication by the HSE of the final report into maternity complaints in Portlaoise Hospital, for which many families have been waiting The Minister said that he wanted to “recognise the women and familles who form part of this report and acknowledge their bravery in sharing their

New Network launched by Taoiseach to help spread Healthy Ireland message

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny today joined Healthy Ireland Council Chair Keith Wood to launch an initiative which aims to boost the national movement for health and wellbeing. The first phase of the new Healthy Ireland Network has been established by the Council to get all types of organisations across the country to sign-up to combined

Minister McEntee opens two day 9th International Dementia Conference

The Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee TD, today officially opened the 9th International Dementia Conference in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin. The two day conference is Ireland’s biggest annual dementia event, bringing together experts from Ireland and abroad, and showcasing best practice in Ireland. Speaking at the opening of the Conference, Minister

Minister McEntee launches Connecting for Life – South Tipperary

Minister of State for Mental Health Helen McEntee today launched Connecting for Life – South Tipperary, a new five year suicide prevention and self-harm plan for the area. This is the local implementation of Connecting for Life, Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide. Speaking at the launch, Minister McEntee said “This action plan for South

Speech by Minister for Health Simon Harris at Launch of Vaccines for Life

**Check against Delivery** I would like to thank the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association for inviting me here today for the launch of this important publication “Vaccines for Life”. Clear and accurate information about vaccines and their benefits is vital and this valuable document will be a useful tool in the offensive we must all lead

Minister Harris gets green light for €1bn new children’s hospital

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, today announced that the Government has approved the investment required to enable the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board to award the construction contracts for the building of the main children’s hospital on the St James’s Hospital campus and the two Paediatric Outpatients and Urgent Care Centres on the

Statement from Minister for Health Simon Harris

The Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has today noted the publication of the agreement between the National Maternity Hospital and St Vincent’s Healthcare Group by the two hospitals (http://www.nmh.ie/_fileupload/News/Final%20NMH-SVUH%20Agreement%2021_11_16.pdf). The Minister also particularly welcomes the confirmation by the Board of St.Vincent’s Healthcare Group that any medical procedure which is in accordance with the laws

Statement from Minister Finian McGrath on the death of Donal Toolan

“It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of the great disability campaigner and activist Donal Toolan. I wish to extend my deepest condolences to his family and many friends. Donal spent his whole life working to improve the lives of people with disabilities in founding a variety of advocacy groups and

Minister McEntee launches Connecting for Life Mid-West

Minister McEntee launched Connecting for Life Mid-West at the Millennium Theatre Limerick Institute of Technology today. This local implementation action plan is based on the same vision, goals, objectives and measurable outcomes as outlined in the national strategy, Connecting for Life, Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide 2015 – 2020. Connecting for Life sets out

National Maternity Hospital

The Minister outlined his position very clearly on this yesterday and remains fully committed to this hugely important project and long overdue state of the art hospital for the provision of maternity services to women and babies in this country. The Minister is pleased that NMH and SVHG have agreed to work together to bring

Minister McEntee publishes review of regulation and financing of homecare in other countries

Review is key step in the development of a new homecare scheme for Ireland Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee TD, today (Tuesday) published the Health Research Board’s evidence review of the regulation and financing of homecare in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Scotland. The Health Research Board’s evidence review

When a smoker successfully quits, everyone wins – Minister Corcoran Kennedy

HIQA Health Technology Assessment of smoking cessation interventions published Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy said today (Monday) that when a smoker successfully quits, everyone wins. The Minister was speaking as she welcomed the publication of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) of smoking cessation interventions. The report found that all interventions

Minister Harris Welcomes Positive Outcome to INMO Ballot

Commenting on the positive outcome of the ballot, Minister Harris said “I am delighted that the INMO nurses and midwives have voted to accept the recent proposals agreed at the WRC. The measures that were proposed by management and agreed with the INMO and SIPTU Nursing will significantly improve the staffing of nursing and midwifery

Minister McGrath marks World Autism Awareness Day

Minister of State for Disabilities Finian McGrath TD today marked the World Autism Awareness Day, on Sunday, 2 April. The Minister acknowledged the role of the United Nations in having this specific World Autism Awareness Day to raise awareness of autism among the general public. The 2017 Theme is “Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination”. Minister McGrath said

Minister Harris announces new CEO of the National Treatment Purchase Fund

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, is pleased to announce that Mr Liam Sloyan has accepted an offer of appointment as the CEO of the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF), following an open recruitment process administered by the Public Appointments Service. The Chairman of the Board of the NTPF, John Horan, has advised the Minister that

Minister Harris announces ‘pivotal step’ on Medicinal Cannabis Access Programme – Prescribers, Patients and Pharmacists to draw up guidance for the safe use of cannabis-based treatments for qualifying patients

Following the Minister for Health’s publication of the Health Products Regulatory Authority’s (HPRA) report ‘Cannabis for Medical Use – A Scientific Review’ on 10 February and his announcement that he will establish a Cannabis Access Programme for cannabis-based treatments for qualifying patients, Minister Simon Harris today announces a pivotal step in the progress towards operationalising

Standardised Packaging of Tobacco to be signed into law, to come into force in September

Part of efforts to have Ireland tobacco free by 2025 Minister for Health, Simon Harris and Minister of State, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy today announced that the legislation for the standardised packaging of tobacco is to come into force in September 2017. This follows the signing of the commencement order today by Minister Corcoran Kennedy for

Minister Harris launches Organ Donor Awareness Week

Minister moving ahead with consultation and legislation on opt out The Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today launched Organ Donor Awareness Week and thanked the Irish Kidney Association for their incredible work over many years to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation. Minister Harris said: “The reality of organ donation and transplantation

Minister Harris launches Public Consultation on new policies to enhance nursing and midwifery roles and career pathways

The Minister for Health, Mr Simon Harris, TD and the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Dr Siobhan O’Halloran, have today launched the public consultation process on the following two nursing and midwifery draft policies: Developing a Policy for Graduate, Specialist and Advanced Nursing & Midwifery Practice Development of a Community Nursing and Midwifery Response to an

Minister McGrath opens Praxis Care Day Service in Clongriffin, North Dublin

The Minister of State for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, today opened the Praxis Care Day Service in Clongriffin, North Dublin. The Service will help people with special needs to transition from school to adult day services. Minister McGrath said that the Day Service will play a vital role for service users and parents as they

Home Economics has a key role to play in helping young people live sustainable and healthy lives – Minister Corcoran Kennedy

The Minister of State for Health Promotion opens major Home Economics conference – Sustainable and Healthy Lifestyles: Policy, Pedagogy and Practice The Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD, today (Friday 24th March 2017) opened a major international conference on Home Economics (Sustainable and Healthy Lifestyles: Policy, Pedagogy and Practice). The Minister

Minister of State for Health Promotion marks accreditation of Healthy Waterford and launches Primary Care Patient Information Leaflets

Healthy Waterford empowering people to build strong communities for health and wellbeing Minister of State for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD, today marked the accreditation of Healthy Waterford, as a member of the National Healthy Cities and Counties Network of Ireland in City Hall, Waterford and launched Primary Care Patient Information Leaflets. Congratulating all

Minister Harris hails landmark day for new National Maternity Hospital as planning lodged

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD has announced that the planning application for the new National Maternity Hospital will be submitted today, following the recent determination by An Bord Pleanála that the proposed development of the new hospital on the St Vincent’s campus constitutes a Strategic Infrastructure Development. Speaking from a visit to the site

Minister Corcoran Kennedy launches new HSE website Askaboutalcohol.ie and encourages everyone to manage their own drinking

Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD, Minister of State for Health Promotion is today launching a new website, Askaboutalcohol.ie, along with a Health Service Executive information campaign on alcohol harm. Minister Corcoran Kennedy said, “There is clear evidence that excessive use of alcohol is associated with poor physical and mental health and well-being. In Ireland, our

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

Minister Harris welcomes Medication Safety Inspection Reports published today by HIQA

The Department of Health welcomes the Medication Safety Inspection Reports published into 7 hospitals today by HIQA, and notes their findings.  It is heartening to see that the reports find that a number of the hospitals inspected have robust and effective governance systems in place for medicines management. Minister Harris stated ‘This is the first

Minister for Health welcomes agreement to avert SIPTU industrial action

The Minister for Health Simon Harris has welcomed the standing down of the threat of industrial action by SIPTU support staff grades after the HSE and the Union reached understandings on outstanding issues relating to Job Evaluation, Interns and ED personnel, saying: “I am pleased that the threat of action on the 7th of March

Minister Byrne welcomes the release of the Regional Results of the 2014/15 Drugs Survey

Minister for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne, TD, today welcomed the release of the regional results of the 2014/15 Drug Prevalence Survey. The new Bulletin presents the key findings at a local level from the fourth drug prevalence survey of households by Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force (RDATF) in Ireland and

Minister McGrath opens a new service for people with autism

Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath, TD, today opened Botanic Horizons, a new service for people with autism, on Botanic Avenue in Glasnevin, Dublin. Botanic Horizons is run by Autism Spectrum Disorder Initiatives (ASDI), which offer person-centred services that tailor activities to the interests and support needs of service users. Seven

Minister Harris publishes ‘milestone’ report on Cannabis for Medical Use

Compassionate access scheme for cannabis-based treatment to be established Minister for Health, Simon Harris today published the Health Products Regulatory Authority’s report Cannabis for Medical Use – A Scientific Review and announced that he has decided to establish a compassionate access programme for cannabis-based treatments. The Minister thanked the HPRA and the members of the

Statement by Ministers Harris & Donohoe on outcome of INMO Executive meeting

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, are deeply disappointed with the outcome of the INMO Executive Committee meeting this evening. There will be no further comment at this time pending a meeting of the Lansdowne Road Agreement Oversight Group, which will take place tomorrow and

Update on waiting list plans and response to RTE Investigates from Minister Simon Harris

Last night Minister Harris outlined clearly how he felt the RTE Investigates programme on waiting lists made him “feel ashamed and heartbroken”. Today the Minister met with the HSE, the NTPF, senior officials in the Department of Health and with both the CEO of Crumlin Childrens’ Hospital and the CEO of the Childrens’ Hospital Group.

Ireland’s first Supervised Injecting Facility to provide safe harbour and medical help for chronic drug users

Government approves the publication of the Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Bill 2017 Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne today (Tuesday) welcomed the Government’s decision to approve the publication of the Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Bill 2017. The Bill, which

Minister Harris in Brussels to discuss Brexit and the European Medicines Agency

Today the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD is in Brussels to meet with the EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis to discuss a number of health related issues, including the consequences of Brexit for the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The Minister also intends to use the meeting with the EU Health Commissioner

Ministers Harris and Corcoran Kennedy mark World Cancer Day

Today, on World Cancer Day (Saturday 4 February), Minister for Health, Simon Harris, T.D., and Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, T.D., highlighted the progress which has already been made in preventing cancers and encouraged people to avail of the resources and supports available under Healthy Ireland to make positive changes to

Out-of-hours access to mental health services is a priority – Minister McEntee

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee TD, has said that work is underway on a roadmap for improved out-of-hours access to mental health services. Minister McEntee today (Wednesday) received a petition of almost 12,000 signatures from Shari McDaid, on behalf of the Mental Health Reform, A Lust for Life, Uplift

Minister Harris welcomes maternity benefit changes for our foreign nurses and midwives

Minister for Health, Simon Harris today welcomed the announcement by Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar of an important change to Maternity Benefit rules which will benefit nursing and health sector staff from abroad who are working here. Now, for the first time, women who have had children, can leave the European Union for a

Minister McEntee launches the Meath Age Friendly Strategy 2017-2020

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Helen McEntee TD today launched the Meath Age Friendly Strategy 2017-2020. The Meath Age Friendly County Programme was launched in 2011, is hosted under the leadership of the Meath County Council, and is supported by Age Friendly Ireland. An age friendly county is a place where

Minister of State for Health Promotion launches Building Healthy Offaly

Minister of State for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD, today launched the Building Healthy Offaly project in Kilcormac Community Centre, Offaly. Congratulating all those involved, Minister Corcoran Kennedy said, “A key theme in Healthy Ireland is focusing on effective ways of empowering people and communities to take responsibility for improving their health. Initiatives like

Minister Harris visits European Medicines Agency (EMA)

Today, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, is visiting the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in Canary Wharf in London where he will meet with the Executive Director, Professor Rasi, and members of his team.  The Minister will be accompanied by Lorraine Nolan, Chief Executive of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA, formerly Irish Medicines Board).

Minister Harris announces major focus on patients waiting longest in 2017

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, today (Thursday) announced that driving down the length of time patients are waiting for procedures is a priority for 2017. The Minister was speaking at the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTFP) Symposium where he launched the Fund’s Strategy for 2017-2019. Launching the NTPF Strategy for the next three year the

Minister Corcoran Kennedy highlights the importance of price measures in changing behaviour in relation to cigarettes, alcohol and unhealthy diets

Minister for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD, today highlighted the importance of price measures when it comes to encouraging behavioural change in relation to tobacco use, alcohol and unhealthy diets. The Minister was speaking as she opened the University of Liverpool Conference ‘Taxation and Other Economic Incentives as Health-Promoting Tools: A Focus on Tobacco,

Minister McEntee to launch consultation process on the establishment of a new statutory homecare scheme – Report on the provision of homecare in other countries to be published shortly

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee TD, has today announced that a consultation process is to be launched, with a view to establishing a new statutory homecare scheme. The process will begin in the coming months. Meanwhile, a review by the Health Research Board (HRB) of the way in which

Minister McEntee encourages more older people to get the flu vaccine and keep healthy and safe this winter – it’s never too late to vaccinate – minister meets with organisations for older people about current influenza outbreak

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee TD, has today met with organisations representing the needs of older people in Ireland, to provide them with the most up to date information and advice on the current influenza outbreak. Older people are especially vulnerable to contracting the strain of ‘flu prevalent in

New figures show number of patients waiting over 18 months halved – Minister Harris

2017 to see further progress for patients waiting longest Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has today welcomed confirmation that the HSE has achieved its target of reducing by 50% the number of patients waiting 18 months or more for inpatient or daycase procedures, after the NTPF published the latest waiting list data for December 2016.

Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy encourages people to use trusted resources to help them make positive lifestyle changes

Minister of State for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy today encouraged people making healthy ‘new year’ lifestyle changes to use the information and advice available from trusted sources to support them with healthier eating or with getting more active. “There is an extra focus on healthy living at this time of year, with Operation Transformation

Minister for Older People encourages more uptake of flu vaccine

Minister for Older People, Helen McEntee TD, today has said it is important that older people are aware they are especially vulnerable to the particular strain of influenza prevalent in Ireland at the moment and issued a reminder that it is never too late to vaccinate. “People aged over-65 are considered to be one of

Department of Health convenes meeting of National Public Health Emergency Team

The Department of Health convened a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team this evening. The meeting was chaired by the Department of Health Chief Medical Officer. The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is the forum for managing the interface between the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive during the planning

Minister Harris announces lowest recorded number of delayed discharges from hospitals

Winter Initiative target for delayed discharges now exceeded extra home help funding & community supports brings delayed discharges to a new low of 436 lowest levels since 2011 figure had hit high of 832 in 2014 & 659 earlier in 2016 Minister for Health Simon Harris T.D. today announced that delayed discharges in Irish hospitals

Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy welcomes tobacco divestment by ISIF

Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD, Minister of State for Health Promotion, welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Finance that Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) has completed the sale of its remaining investments in tobacco manufacturing. “This is in keeping with Ireland’s obligations under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), which I

Department of Health publishes Health in Ireland Key Trends 2016

Health in Ireland Key Trends gives us insights into trends in demographics, population health, hospital and primary care and health service employment and expenditure. The presentation of trend data over the last decade in the 2016 report highlights the many significant achievements that Ireland has made in terms of key outcomes relating to the health

Minister for Health visits National Rehabilitation Hospital

Minister for Health Simon Harris T.D. today visited the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dun Laoghaire, and was updated on progress being made on planned new facilities for the campus. The new development will deliver a 120 bed ward block, including support therapies to paediatrics, acquired brain injury (ABI) wards, an hydrotherapy unit and a

Minister Finian McGrath welcomes the launch of the National Safeguarding Committee’s Strategic Plan 2017-2021

The Minister of State with responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, has today welcomed the launch of the National Safeguarding Committee’s Strategic Plan 2017-2021, to guide its work to safeguard vulnerable adults over the next five years. The National Safeguarding Committee includes representatives from a range of agencies and is independently chaired by Patricia Rickard-Clarke,

Minister of State for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy welcomes launch of the Ireland East Hospital Group Healthy Ireland Implementation Plan

Speaking during a visit to Loughlinstown today, Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD, welcomed the launch of the Ireland East Hospital Group Healthy Ireland Implementation Plan. The Plan sets out the actions under Healthy Ireland which the Ireland East Hospital Group is committed to implementing, to improve the health and wellbeing

Statement from Minister Harris on INMO Decision for industrial action in 2017

“It is regrettable that the INMO has voted in favour of industrial action as announced this evening. While I understand that our health service faces serious challenges on recruitment and retention, industrial action is not the solution. It will not reduce the numbers of patients on trolleys in Emergency Departments, will not reduce the waiting

Minister Harris welcomes positive engagement on Orkambi with Australian Health Minister

Minister for Health, Simon Harris today welcomed positive engagement with the Australian Health Minister on the subject of Orkambi, saying: “I was delighted to speak to Minister Sussan Ley, the Australian Health Minister, this morning following my recent letter to her on the subject of Orkambi.  Minister Ley and I discussed the challenges we have

Minister for Older People stresses increased investment in home care in 2017

Commenting on reports on the provision of Home Help Hours and Home Care Packages in the HSE’s 2017 National Service Plan, Minister McEntee said: “Home care services are critical to support older people to stay in their own homes and communities, and maintain their independence for as long as possible. This is an absolute priority

Ministers welcome publication of the HSE National Service Plan 2017 HSE announcement of Christmas recruitment drive welcome

Minister for Health Simon Harris, Minister for Disability Finian McGrath, Minister for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy Catherine Byrne, Minister for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy and Minister for Mental Health and Older People Helen McEntee have today welcomed the publication of the HSE National Service Plan for 2017. Welcoming the publication of the

Minister McEntee launches the Samaritans Ireland Impact Report

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee TD today launched the Samaritans Annual Impact Report 2015-2016 in Buswells Hotel. This report showcases the breadth of work that has been done over the past year, including the variety of supports that are offered to those in need, with phone, text, email and

Minister Harris gets green light for legislation to give medical cards for all children with DCA payment and reduction of the prescription charges for over 70s

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has today secured the agreement of his Cabinet colleagues to commence the drafting of legislation to introduce two important Budget 2017 commitments: Full eligibility for general practitioner and other health services to all children in respect of whom the Domiciliary Care Allowance is payable A reduction in the

Minister Corcoran Kennedy opens HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme Conference to mark one year since the launch of the National Sexual Health Strategy

HPV Vaccine extended to Men who have sex with Men (MSM) and people Living with HIV  Know Now Pilot Successful in Identifying New Cases of HIV infection  New Model of Crisis Pregnancy Counselling Services to be Developed Minister for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, will open the first HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme

Minister Harris welcomes progress on patients waiting longest

948 fewer patients waiting +18 months 364 fewer patients waiting 15-18 months Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has today welcomed confirmation that the number of patients waiting the longest for procedures on Inpatient/Daycase Waiting Lists has begun to reduce, after the NTPF published the latest data for November 2016. “It is really encouraging to see

Minister Harris launches National Patient Safety Office

Placing patient safety and quality care at the heart of what we do in our health service The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD today launched the National Patient Safety Office (NPSO) at its first conference, which brought together patients and a wide range of healthcare staff working in the area of patient safety, including

Statement by Minister for Health on Orkambi

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he is pleased to learn that Vertex has responded to the HSE with a view to re-engage in negotiations with them on Orkambi. Speaking from a meeting with EU Health Ministers in Lisbon today (Wednesday) on drug price negotiations, the Minister said: “I have always said that Vertex

Minister McEntee launches the review ‘Development and Impact of Peer-Led Health Support in the Community: A Review of Áras Folláin and Gateway’

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee TD today launched the review of the peer-led projects Áras Folláin and Gateway in TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery, entitled ‘Development and Impact of Peer-Led Mental Health Support in the Community: A Review of Áras Folláin and Gateway’. This review looks at the

Minister Harris to meet European counterparts on drug pricing in Lisbon

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD will tomorrow attend a round table meeting of European Health Ministers in Lisbon on the issue of drug pricing. Speaking in advance of the meeting, Minister Harris said, “When I became Minister for Health, I identified the need to work with other countries on the issue of drug

Minister for Health Simon Harris welcomes publication of the Review of progress at the Midland Regional Hospital, in implementing recommendations following HIQA’s investigation

The Minister for Health Simon Harris welcomed HIQA’s publication today of the review they undertook of progress at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise in implementing the local recommendations made by HIQA in 2015. The report, which HIQA undertook at the request of the Department shows how much services have improved for the women using maternity

Minister Finian McGrath opens new Galway Centre for Independent Living on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today, on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Minister of State with responsibility for Disabilities Finian McGrath TD officially opened the new Galway Centre for Independent Living at Briarhill Business Park in Galway. The Galway Centre for Independent Living has been described as a ‘forerunner’ in providing professional services to facilitate a person’s choice to

Minister Harris pays tribute to nurses and midwives at the All-Ireland Chief Nursing Officers’ Conference

The third All-Ireland Chief Nursing Officers’ Conference is taking place in Dublin Castle today. The theme of the conference is ‘Strengthening the sustainability of the Nursing and Midwifery Workforce — Delivering Results’. The conference is being jointly hosted by Dr Siobhan O’Halloran, Chief Nursing Officer in the Department of Health, and Professor Charlotte McArdle, Chief

Minister of State for Health Promotion visits St. Clare’s N.S. Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan

Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, today visited St Clare’s National School, Ballyjamesduff to celebrate their recent success in winning the prestigious European #BeActive Education Award and the raising of their newly-awarded Active School Flag. The award was part of European Week of Sport held between 10 and 18 September 2016 and

Minister McEntee launches new Mental Health booklet for teenagers in Wexford.

Minister Mc Entee TD today launched a new booklet on mental health produced by the pupils of Coláiste Bríde Secondary school, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. The title of the new booklet is – “I am WORTH it.” The Student Council at the school realised some time ago the need for such a booklet, aimed specifically

Statement on Medicinal Cannabis Bill

The Minister for Health Simon Harris has today (Wednesday) reiterated his commitment to reviewing policy on medicinal cannabis in Ireland following an examination by the Health Products Regulatory Authority which is due to conclude by end-January 2017.  Minister Harris was commenting in light of the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016 which is currently

Minister for Health seeks international collaboration on Orkambi

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD has today written to the Health Ministers in England, Scotland, Canada and Australia asking them to collaborate to try and make progress on accessing Orkambi at a cost effective price for cystic fibrosis patients in each of their countries. The health services in Ireland, England, Scotland, Canada and

Minister for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD, launches the National Healthy Cities and Counties of Ireland Network

The Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD, formally launched the National Healthy Cities and Counties of Ireland Network today in Dublin City Hall. The National Healthy Cities and Counties of Ireland Network is being launched under the aegis of Healthy Ireland, the Government-led initiative which aims to create an Irish society

Minister McGrath opens new Sensory Room in Drogheda Leisure Park

The first Sensory Room to be developed in a leisure park in Ireland has been officially opened today by Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, in Drogheda. Minister McGrath praised Drogheda Leisure Park as a “good example of how the private sector can contribute to recognising and addressing the demand

Letter from Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to CF Ireland.

Letter from Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to Mr Philip Watt, CF Ireland. 27th November 2016 Dear Philip, I wanted to write to you today on foot of the article in the Sunday Business Post regarding the drug, Orkambi. I am extremely eager that your members, patients with CF and their families are kept fully

Minister for Health Simon Harris welcomes agreement reached between the National Maternity Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital Group

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, today announced that agreement has been reached between the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) and St Vincent’s Hospital Group on the redevelopment of the NMH on the Elm Park campus. This follows extensive mediation discussions over recent months. Both hospitals have now agreed a new governance arrangement for the co-located

Publication of the Report of the Surgical Symphysiotomy Ex-gratia Payment Scheme

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has today published Judge Maureen Harding Clark’s Report on the Surgical Symphysiotomy Ex-gratia Payment Scheme. The Surgical Symphysiotomy Ex-gratia Payment Scheme, which was approved by Government, was established on 10 November, 2014. Judge Maureen Harding Clark was appointed independent Assessor to the Scheme. The Scheme, which cost just

Minister for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, addresses the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group Healthy Ireland Initiation Day

Minister for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD, today spoke at the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group’s Healthy Ireland Initiation Day, held in Farmleigh House. The event marked the beginning of the process of developing a Healthy Ireland Implementation Plan for the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group. The Minister said the event demonstrated the commitment of the

Statement from Minister Harris regarding European Antibiotics Awareness Day

The Minister for Health, Mr. Simon Harris TD today acknowledged the significance of the 9th European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) and welcomed Ireland’s continuing active engagement in this important initiative. The Minister noted that EAAD is part of the World Health Organisation’s second global week of action to highlight the growing problem of Antimicrobial Resistance

Central Remedial Clinic looks to the next decade – Statement by Minister McGrath

A five-year strategic plan, published by the Central Remedial Clinic, is set to take them into the next decade and will ensure that new service models are properly bedded in, Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities Finian McGrath TD has said. The Independent Alliance member and Dublin Bay North TD this morning launched

Minister Corcoran Kennedy opens the HPRA Medical Devices Information Day

Minister for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD, today opened the Medical Devices Information Day at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Santry. The event was organised by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), which is the competent authority for medicines in Ireland. The aim of this event was to provide an opportunity for HPRA to

“Dublin would be a fantastic home for European Medicine Agency,” Minister for Health, Simon Harris, tells Industry gathering

Speaking at the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Associations (IPHA) annual dinner in Dublin this evening (17 November 2016) the Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D. called on delegates to support Ireland’s bid to become the new home for the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Minister Harris highlighted the vital role the EMA plays in protecting public and

Minister McEntee on Regulation of Homecare Services

Ms Helen McEntee, T.D., Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People has welcomed today’s comments by Mr Phelim Quinn, Chief Executive of HIQA, which called for the extension of HIQA’s remit to homecare services. “I accept the need to regulate the homecare sector and I can confirm that work on developing an appropriate

Minister for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD, addresses the 23rd Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA) Annual Conference

Minister for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD, today spoke at the IPHA Annual Conference on the practical implementation of Healthy Ireland. The Minister acknowledged the importance of organisations such as the IPHA discussing Healthy Ireland as successful implementation of the Healthy Ireland Framework depends on the support and active involvement of all sectors of

Minister Corcoran Kennedy warns of the dangers of alcohol misuse to our mental health

In the Oireachtas last night during a debate on mental health funding, Minister of State Marcella Corcoran Kennedy highlighted the links between the unhealthy consumption of alcohol and mental health issues, in particular self-harm and suicide. The issue of mental health and alcohol is particularly relevant in the run-up to and the period over Christmas

Minister McEntee launches the Mid-West ARIES project

Minister McEntee today launched the ARIES project, a recovery education project developed by the Mid-West ARI group. The Mid-West ARI group is comprised of representatives from HSE mental health service providers, service users, family members and Mid-West peer support centres. Research carried out by this group in 2014 looked at the availability of courses on recovery

Minister McEntee launches the National Learning Set for Advancing Recovery in Ireland

Today in Limerick, Minister McEntee launched the National Learning Set for Advancing Recovery in Ireland, entitled ‘Working Together to Achieve Recovery: Our Role As Individuals, families, Services & Communities’. Over the course of the day, attendees heard from a variety of voices, including personal perspectives and the context of the recovery-orientated approach. The aim of

Minister Corcoran Kennedy opens COPD Support Ireland Patient conference

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Health Promotion today opened the COPD Support Ireland Patient conference. ‘I welcome the close links between the HSE’s National Clinical Programme for COPD and COPD Support Ireland’, said the Minister. ‘The work of the National Clinical Programme to build improved

Statement from Ministers on IMO

Both the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, and his colleague the Minister for Health are committed to engagement with the IMO on matters of mutual concern. The particular issue of the ‘Living Out Allowance’ which is under consideration by both parties (Management and IMO) involves potentially significant exchequer resources which have not been provided

Minister McGrath welcomes the launch of the Monaghan Branch of Parents and Friends of Persons with an Intellectual Disability website

A radical reconfiguration of services is currently underway to support people with disabilities to make the type of choices available to other adults, according to Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath. The Minister said the introduction of personalised budget options and the implementation of the Transforming Lives Programme will result in

Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy addresses UK/Ireland event on Health Inequalities

Minister for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD, today addressed an Ireland and UK collaborative event in Dublin Castle on health inequalities and the influence of work on the wellbeing of people. The event was organised by the UK/Ireland Collaborative on Health Inequalities and was hosted by the Department of Health. The Collaborative was founded

Statement from Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, regarding medicinal cannabis

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, had a good meeting with Vera Twomey and Paul Barry today where he took the opportunity to update them on the review of Ireland’s policy on cannabis for medical purposes, which he announced last week. The Minister reiterated that he has asked the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA)

Minister McEntee launches the Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference 2016

Minister McEntee today launched the Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference 2016 in Athlone, Co. Westmeath. The conference – entitled “Who are we: where have we come from and where are we going?”- will examine issues of identity over the four days of its duration. Minister McEntee commented, ‘This conference draws together people committed to

Launch of North-South ‘Concerned About Suicide’ Leaflet

Asking, listening and getting help for someone can prevent suicide. That was the message from Health Ministers Simon Harris TD and Michelle O’Neill MLA as they jointly launched a new North-South Concerned About Suicide leaflet. The leaflet was launched at the North-South Ministerial Council meeting in Armagh. It highlights how to recognise that someone may

Minister McEntee Addresses National Mental Health Summit

Minister McEntee today spoke at the National Mental Health Summit, held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry. This inaugural National Mental Health Summit was a one-day event which included presentations, panel debates and case studies from expert national and international speakers who discussed how mental health services and care can be improved upon in spite

Statement from Minister Harris in response to the INMO

The Minister is pleased the INMO Executive Council confirmed their commitment to the Lansdowne Road Agreement. Within the context of public sector wide engagement, the Minister notes that Minister Paschal Donohoe met with the ICTU last night and that contact at official and Ministerial level will continue over the coming period. Commenting the Minister said

Minister Catherine Byrne launches Drug Use Survey

– 2014/15 Drugs survey reveals that levels of recent and current illegal drug use has risen – Men and those aged 15-24 have highest recent use of illegal drugs The Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy Catherine Byrne TD today launched Drug Use in Ireland and Northern Ireland,a report published by

Minister McEntee launches “Positive Ageing 2016” – the first National Indicators Report

Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee TD, today attended the National Convention of Older People’s Councils in Cavan and launched the“Positive Ageing 2016”, the first National Positive Ageing Indicators report. The ageing of our population presents both a challenge and an opportunity for all of Government and the report highlights many of

Statement from Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, regarding medicinal cannabis

Minister Harris today announced that he wants to review Ireland’s policy on medicinal cannabis with the best clinical advice and expertise. As part of this review, the Minister has asked the HPRA (Health Products Regulatory Authority, formerly the Irish Medicines Board), to provide him with their expert scientific advice. “This is not a discussion about

Statement from Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD regarding medicinal cannabis

Minister Harris today announced that he wants to review Ireland’s policy on medicinal cannabis with the best clinical advice and expertise. As part of this review, the Minister has asked the HPRA (Health Products Regulatory Authority, formerly the Irish Medicines Board), to provide him with their expert scientific advice. “This is not a discussion about

Minister Catherine Byrne presents Annual Achievement Award Certificates to RASP Participants

Catherine Byrne, TD, Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy, today presented the Annual Achievement Award Certificates to RASP (Laneview Learning Centre) participants at Parnell GAA club, Coolock Village. RASP is a dynamic project with a fresh approach to addiction and it provides many services to the local communities. Its services take

Minister Catherine Byrne opens the National Family Support Network Annual Work Conference

Catherine Byrne TD, Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy, today opened the National Family Support Network Annual Work Conference 2016. The National Family Support Network (NFSN) is a national organisation that supports family members living with substance misuse. The NFSN receives funding from the Department of Health for the provision of

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