Press Releases

Government welcomes European Commission approval of Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Tax

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, Minister of State for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne TD and Minister for Finance and for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, today (Tuesday) welcomed the finding of the European Commission that the upcoming sugar-sweetened drinks tax does not constitute State aid. This allows for the commencement of

Launch of Active School Week 2018 and Active School Walkway

Thursday 19th April – An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar along with Ministers Richard Bruton, Simon Harris and Catherine Byrne today welcomed Active School Week 2018 and the introduction of a new Active School Walkway initiative. Active School Week (April 23–27) offers an opportunity for schools across the country to work together with students, parents, community and

National Public Health Emergency Team holds its 15th meeting

The National Public Health Emergency Team on Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) held its 15th meeting on the 12th April 2018. The focus of discussion at the meeting included an update from the HSE Implementation Team and the latest HPSC CPE Surveillance Report, published on 6th April, available here. The latest figures from the National CPE Reference

Ireland reaches one millionth parkrun

On Saturday morning (April 7th), participants at parks and open spaces across the country will mark Ireland’s one millionth parkrun. parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs that are open and accessible to everyone. One of the flagship initiatives supported by Healthy Ireland, parkrun Ireland began in November 2012 and is part of a global

Minister Harris launches Public Consultation on Geographical Alignment of Community Healthcare Organisations and Hospital Groups

Minister for Health Simon Harris has today (Thursday) launched a Public Consultation on the Geographical Alignment of Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs) and Hospital Groups. The consultation, which is part of the implementation of the Sláintecare Report, is seeking views on the organisational arrangements necessary to support a model of integrated and patient-centred care. Minister Harris

National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services – Steering Group Meeting

The Steering Group for the National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services met on Monday 26th March. During the meeting, the Steering Group finalised their interpretation of the scope of the Review, and agreed that a comprehensive review of all aspects of specialist cardiology services was required to make appropriate recommendations for the organisation of those

Public consultation launched on the role of voluntary organisations in publicly funded health and personal social services

On behalf of the Independent Review Group established to examine the role of voluntary organisations in publicly funded health and personal social services, the Department of Health has launched a public consultation today (26th March). Responses to the consultation will help the Independent Review Group to examine how the relationship between the State and voluntary

Minister Harris welcomes the appointment of new Chief Information Officer for the HSE

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today (Friday) welcomed the appointment of Professor Martin Curley as the new Chief Information Officer for the Health Service Executive. Professor Curley was appointed following an open recruitment campaign conducted by the Public Appointments Service. This is a key appointment in the context of developing our eHealth infrastructure and

Regulation of the professions of counsellor and psychotherapist moves a step closer

Minister Harris welcomes the approval by the Oireachtas of the Regulations designating the professions of counsellor and psychotherapist for regulation under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005   Minister for Health Simon Harris today (21 March) welcomed the fact that the regulation of the professions of counsellor and psychotherapist has moved a step

Minister McGrath welcomes World Down Syndrome Day on Wednesday 21st March 2018

The Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, is pleased to recognise Wednesday 21st March as World Down Syndrome Day. World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day which has been celebrated all over the world since 2006. Minister Mc Grath welcomed World Down Syndrome Day, which aims to create

Statement by Simon Harris, Minister for Health, on the GP Contract

Minister for Health Simon Harris today (16 March) reaffirmed his commitment to early engagement with general practitioner representatives on the reform of the GP contract. “I want to acknowledge the important role that GPs play in our health service, and to emphasise the Government’s commitment to ensuring sustainable GP services into the future, meeting the

National Public Health Emergency Team holds 14th meeting

The National Public Health Emergency Team on Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) held their 14th meeting yesterday, 15th March 2018. The focus of discussion at the meeting was governance arrangements at an operational level in the HSE to target CPE.  The group also discussed the second monthly HPSC CPE Surveillance Report published on March 8th, available here

Minister for Health orders national review of hospital parking charges

HSE to work with patient advocacy groups to devise national guidelines The Minister for Health, Simon Harris has ordered a national review of hospital car parking charges. The Minister said “I have heard from many patients, as well as groups such as the Irish Cancer Society, in relation to car parking charges in our hospitals

Good news for Cystic Fibrosis patients and their families with the extension of ORKAMBI availability to children aged 6 – 11 years – Minister Harris

Ireland becomes one of the first countries in the European Union to provide access to ORKAMBI for children in this age category The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has welcomed the extension of the availability of ORKAMBI to eligible children with Cystic Fibrosis, aged 6-11 years. This comes following EMA approval in January of this

Dublin wins bid to host major international conference to tackle tobacco

Dublin has been announced as the winner of a bid to host a major international conference to tackle tobacco, to be held in 2021. The announcement came at the end of the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, held in South Africa. The World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) is the premier conference

Statement from Minister for Health Simon Harris

“I want to pay tribute today to our outstanding health service staff all over the country for their incredible dedication and commitment. They are going to huge efforts to keep vital services open and ensure patients are looked after in very difficult conditions. From across Ireland I have heard stories today of health care workers

Minister for Health officially opens two new primary care centres

Ireland 2040 commits to investing €810 million in primary care over the next 10 years Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today (Monday) officially opened two new primary care centres in Kilcock, Kildare and Coolock on the northside of Dublin. Minister Harris said, “These two new centres are the latest in a planned national network

National Public Health Emergency Team held their 13th meeting today – 22 February 2018

The National Public Health Emergency Team on Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) held their 13th meeting today, 22nd February 2018. The focus of discussion at the meeting was governance arrangements at an operational level in the HSE to target CPE. The latest figures from the National CPE Reference Laboratory were presented to the group.  In the two-week

The future of cigarette packets is here and it’s plain

Minister Catherine Byrne has welcomed the news that tobacco products bearing the new standardised packaging are now available in some Irish retail outlets. From September 2018 all cigarettes and all other tobacco products will have to be sold in plain or standardised packaging in accordance with the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Act 2015.

Minister for Health joins stakeholders to formally launch A Trauma System for Ireland and confirm inclusion of trauma system capital investment in Project Ireland 2040

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, today joined patients, clinicians and other healthcare professionals at the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland to formally launch of the report of the Trauma Steering Group, A Trauma System for Ireland. Minister Harris said “This report aims to reduce the incidence and the burden of trauma and

Taskforce on Staffing and Skill Mix for Nursing achieves positive patient outcomes and a better work environment

Minister for Health visits hospital implementing the safe nurse staffing programme The Minister for Health, Simon Harris today (Thursday) visited Beaumont Hospital, one of three hospitals currently implementing the Framework for Safe Nurse Staffing and Skill Mix, led by the Chief Nursing Officer in the Department of Health, Dr Siobhan O’ Halloran. The Framework, launched

Ireland to open negotiations with Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Austria on drug pricing and supply – Minister Harris

Minister for Health, Simon Harris today (Tuesday) announced that Ireland is to open negotiations with Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Austria on drug pricing and supply. The Minister will now issue a Letter of Intent to his counterparts in those four countries formally signalling Ireland’s interest in joining the existing collaboration, known as the BeNeLuxA

Minister Harris welcomes deferral of industrial action by Section 39 workers

“I welcome the deferral of industrial action by Section 39 workers and I’m pleased that services will not be disrupted. Section 39 agencies provide vital services to often the most vulnerable in our society. I would like to thank ICTU and the trade unions for their engagement, and the Workplace Relations Commission, who played a

National Public Health Emergency Team welcomes the publication of the CPE surveillance report at their meeting today

The National Public Health Emergency Team on Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) held their twelfth meeting today, 08th February 2018. Items discussed included publication of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) CPE surveillance report, the latest figures from the National CPE Reference Laboratory and an update on HSE communications plans. The National Public Health Emergency Team welcomed

Minister for Health marks World Cancer Day

Ireland’s survival rates for cancer patients have improved significantly – latest figures published by The Lancet Public Health Alcohol Bill to return to the Oireachtas this week The Minister for Health, Simon Harris has stressed the importance of taking steps, as a society, to prevent cancer. The Minister was marking World Cancer Day, which takes

National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services – First meeting of Steering Group

The Steering Group for the National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services met today, 31st January. The National Review, which is chaired by Professor Philip Nolan, President of Maynooth University, will seek to advance a modern, safe cardiac service for the Irish adult citizen. The focus of today’s agenda was on establishing the work programme of

National Public Health Emergency Team on CPE held 11th meeting today

The National Public Health Emergency Team on Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) held their eleventh meeting today, 25th January 2018. The focus of the agenda and items discussed included enhanced surveillance of CPE and the latest figures from the National CPE Reference Laboratory. The National Public Health Emergency Team identified that surveillance of CPE at a national

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

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

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

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 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

Minister for Health and Minister for Health Promotion mark World AIDS Day

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris and the Minister for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne have said that increased education, awareness, prevention, testing and treatment are needed if we are to meet the challenges of HIV. The Ministers were speaking on World AIDS Day. Minister Harris said “A lot of good work has been done implementing

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

The National Public Health Emergency Team on Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) held their fifth meeting today, 30 November 2017. The agenda and discussions focused on questions for the Expert Group, the enhanced implementation structures the HSE are putting in place and communication with stakeholders. The meeting also considered an update on the numbers of patients affected.

Minister for Health announces chair of National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, today (Thursday) announced that Professor Philip Nolan, NUI Maynooth, has agreed to chair the National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services. Professor Nolan will lead the National Review Steering Committee consisting of patients, relevant health professionals, senior HSE management and senior departmental officials. The work of the group will

Minister Finian McGrath announces €4.5m fund to reform disability services

Minister Finian McGrath announces €4.5m fund to reform disability services Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, today announced a €4.5m fund to support the reform of disability services. The Minister said, “This Government’s objective is to deliver disability services that are person –centred, putting those who need supports at the

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

The National Public Health Emergency Team on Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) held their fourth meeting today, 23 November 2017. The HSE’s National Clinical Lead for HCAI and AMR, Professor Martin Cormican presented the latest CPE figures from the National CPE Reference Laboratory. The group discussed, the threefold increase in the number of cases of CPE reported

Minister Jim Daly announces €9m in grants to reform mental health services

Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly TD today (23rd November 2017) announced that €9m has been awarded in grants to support the reform of mental health services. The Minister said, “The vision for this funding is to help achieve recovery-orientated mental health

Ministers Harris and Byrne publish 2016 Annual Report of Tobacco Free Ireland Action Plan

Standardised packaging measures being rolled out for all tobacco products The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, and Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drug Strategy, Catherine Byrne TD, have today welcomed the publication of the 2016 Annual Report on the Tobacco Free IrelandAction Plan. Tobacco Free Irelandwas launched under the Healthy

Statement from Minister for Health in relation to consultant contracts and issues highlighted by last night’s RTE Investigates programme

The Minister for Health has criticised the failure of some hospital consultants to comply with their contracts and deliver their work commitment to the public hospital system, as highlighted by RTE last night. Minister Harris said: “I can only describe the behaviour highlighted by last night’s RTE Investigates programme, as brazen, immoral and unfair. Some

Minister for Health marks European Antibiotic Awareness Day

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD today (Saturday 18th November 2017) acknowledged European Antibiotic Awareness Day as part of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) World Antibiotic Awareness Week and welcomed Ireland’s continuing active engagement in this important initiative. The Minister noted that European Antibiotic Awareness Day has been a very successful event across Europe

Dublin Declaration unanimously adopted at the Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

Dublin, Friday November 17: Concrete actions to address a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers were announced today at the Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, where representatives of over 70 countries also unanimously adopted the Dublin Declaration. The Dublin Declaration is a multisectoral and multi-stakeholder declaration for improved governance, strategic investments

National Public Health Emergency Team on CPE held their third meeting today during World Antibiotic Week

The National Public Health Emergency Team on Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) held their third meeting today, 16 November 2017. CPE is a superbug resistant to most or all antibiotics.  This week, from 13-19 November, marks World Antibiotic Week. The Director General of the World Health Organization has emphasised that antibiotic or antimicrobial resistance is a global

Minister Daly launches annual ‘Technology and Wellbeing’ conference

Jim Daly TD, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, today launched the joint Mental Health Reform and ReachOut Ireland ‘Technology and Wellbeing’ conference in The  Hilton, Charlemont Place, Dublin. The Minister said “We are living in a fast changing information age where technology plays a significant role in society. Our smartphones and

Statement by Minister McGrath on the Interim Report of The Commission of Investigation (Certain matters relative to a disability service in the South East and related matters)

The Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath TD today welcomed the Interim Report of The Commission of Investigation (Certain matters relative to a disability service in the South East and related matters), which was established on 21 st March 2017. The terms of reference of the Commission are available to view at http://health.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Commission-of-Investigation-Terms-of-Reference-FINAL.pdf Part II a) (i)

Key Patient Safety Milestone as Open Disclosure Provisions Complete Passage through Oireachtas – Minister Harris

Minister welcomes passage of the Civil Liability (Amendment) Bill  Part 4 of which provides for open disclosure. The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, today welcomed the passing of the Civil Liability (Amendment Bill) 2017 on its return to the Seanad. Minister Harris said “Patient safety and quality are at the heart of our health services and it is important

Minister Harris calls for innovative transformation of the health workforce

Calling for innovation to expand and transform the health workforce, Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, today officially opened the Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health (http://hrhforum2017.ie). The world is facing an estimated shortfall of up to 18 million health workers by 2030, primarily in low and lower-middle income countries, while in the

Minister Harris opens First National Palliative Care Seminar in Farmleigh

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, today opened the First National Palliative Care Seminar in Farmleigh, Dublin. The Seminar was focused on the implementation of two published National Clinical Guidelines, The Pharmacological Management of Cancer Pain in Adults and Management of Constipation in Adult Patients Receiving Palliative Care which were approved by the National Clinical

Publication of Health Technology Assessment: Evaluating Treatment and Transfer Options for Patients who require a Priority One transfer to the UK

Minister for Health, Simon Harris has welcomed the publication of the HIQA Health Technology Assessment (HTA) which evaluates treatment and transfer options for patients who require a Priority 1 transfer to the UK. Challenges to the provision of air ambulance services for these patients had arisen because of capacity constraints within the Air Corps and

Dublin hosts Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

The Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health (http://hrhforum2017.ie) is being held in Dublin from November 14 -17, 2017, at the RDS Dublin. The Forum is convened by the Department of Health, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the World Health Organization, Trinity College Dublin, the Health Service Executive, and Global Health Workforce

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

The National Public Health Emergency Team on Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) held their second meeting today, 09 November 2017. The Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan said “the initial focus of the group is gathering information to identify current practice in relation to the surveillance and management of CPE in Ireland. Once this has been established

Minister Harris welcomes further reduction in the total number of patients waiting for both procedures and outpatient appointments

– 2,143 fewer patients waiting for procedures – 788 fewer patients waiting for outpatient appointments Minister for Health, Simon Harris has today (Wednesday) welcomed the fact that there has been another reduction in the total number of patients waiting for both procedures and outpatient appointments. “The waiting list figures published today show that for the

Minister Daly addresses the 2017 Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference – “Living with Uncertainty” – Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick

Minister Daly today (Wednesday) addressed the opening of the Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) in Limerick. The theme of the conference is Living with Uncertainty. This is the 47th annual conference of the PSI, which is the professional body for psychology in the Republic of Ireland. Established in 1970, the Society

Harris asks older people to #bewinterready and get the flu vaccine

Government today launched the ‘Be Winter-Ready’ 2017 -2018 Information Campaign, focusing on health preparedness for older people and emphasising the importance of the flu vaccine in this regard. Speaking at the launch, Minister Harris said “I am pleased to present the latest element of #bewinterready with the launch of this leaflet with advice for older

Minister Harris announces planned engagement on fees for Contracted Health Professionals

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, today announced that in 2018 he will undertake a process of engagement with representative bodies of contracted health professionals, aimed at putting in place a new multi-annual approach to fees, commencing in 2019, in return for service improvement and contractual reform and in line with Government priorities for

Minister for Health welcomes the fall in cancer incidence and cancer mortality rates

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today (Tuesday) welcomed the publication of the National Cancer Registry’s Annual Report which provides details of cancer incidence, mortality and survival in Ireland for the period 1994-2015.  He acknowledged the work of the Registry and their contribution to the development of the National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026, which was launched

Minister for Health launches new clinical roadmap on Lung Cancer Management

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, today launched a new National Clinical Effectiveness Guideline  to help healthcare professionals with the identification, staging and treatment of patients with lung cancer.This new guideline was developed by a group led by the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) and was quality assured by the Department’s

Minister for Health receives Update on Flu Plans

Minister appeals to all those in at risk groups, as well as healthcare workers, to get the flu vaccine The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has met with senior officials from the Department of Health & the HSE for an update on influenza plans for the coming season. The HSE outlined that a National Steering

Patient safety is the fundamental cornerstone of our health service – Minister Harris

Minister opens the 2nd National Patient Safety Office (NPSO) Conference The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD said today that patient safety is the fundamental cornerstone of our health service. The Minister was speaking at the opening of the 2nd National Patient Safety Office (NPSO) Conference in The Printworks, Dublin Castle. The National Patient Safety

Minister Catherine Byrne launches third annual Healthy Ireland Survey

Minister of State for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne, today launched the report of the third annual Healthy Ireland Survey. The Survey of 7,500 people aged 15 and over living in Ireland gives an up-to-date picture of the health of the nation and reports on many lifestyle behaviours, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, diet, and sexual

Two major hospital projects move a step closer

Taoiseach and Minister for Health turn the sod on new Children’s Hospital Paediatric Outpatients and Urgent Care Centre at Connolly and 120 bed redevelopment at the National Rehabilitation Hospital ‘Phoenix Children’s Health’ announced as the new name for the Children’s Hospital and the Outpatients and Urgent Care Centres An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and the

New plan to implement the National Maternity Strategy and ensure women, their babies and their families get safe, quality and dignified care – Minister Harris

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, today launched the National Maternity Strategy HSE Implementation Plan and formally launched the National Women and Infants Health Programme. The Programme has been established within the HSE to lead the management, organisation and delivery of maternity, gynaecological and neonatal services. The Programme will lead the implementation of the

Statement from Minister for Health Simon Harris on Storm Ophelia

Today has been a difficult and challenging one for our health services and I want to thank all of those who came to work today and went above and beyond. We do expect some continued disruption over the coming days but we can expect a gradual return to normal services and that is now our

Minister Harris updates Government on Sláintecare and announces:

– An Impact Study on Private Care in Public Hospitals, with Dr Donal de Buitléir named as Chair – A Public Consultation on the future alignment of hospitals groups and community health organisation – Plans to establish a Board to oversee HSE performance Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, today briefed his Government colleagues on

Better access, more help for families and more supports for disability, mental health, and older and vulnerable people, in Budget 2018 – Ministers

Minister Simon Harris and Ministers of State Finian McGrath, Jim Daly and Catherine Byrne have said that Budget 2018 delivers better access, more help for families and more supports for disability, mental health, and older and vulnerable people. An additional €646 million in current expenditure is being allocated to Health in Budget 2018. Over €200

Minister Catherine Byrne supports Breastfeeding Week saying it’s important to ensure women can breastfeed anytime and anywhere

Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne TD, has lent her support to the annual HSE Breastfeeding Week campaign, emphasising the importance of ensuring mothers to breastfeed anytime and anywhere. Minister Byrne also welcomed the approach taken with the HSE breastfeeding supports, which include the website www.breastfeeding.ie which includes live web chat with experts

Minister Harris launches Public Consultation on a National Health Information Policy

#betterdata4health Minister for Health Simon Harris today opened the Health Information Policy Seminar, jointly hosted by the Department of Health and HIQA, and launched a public consultation process on a new national health information policy. Launching the consultation process on the new policy, the Minister set out the pressing need for a new patient-centred health

Government approves the drafting of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill

Minister Harris to revert to government by year end with proposals for State funding model for fertility treatment The Minister for Health Simon Harris has welcomed the Government’s decision today to approve his drafting of a Bill on Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) and associated research. Minister Harris will revert to government by the end of

Minister Harris appeals to doctors, nurses and all healthcare workers to get the flu vaccine.

The Minister joined HSE staff today to launch the 2017-18 seasonal influenza vaccination campaign #ProtectOurPatients #YourBestShot Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today (Monday) appealed to doctors, nurses and all healthcare workers to get the flu vaccine. The Minister joined HSE staff to launch the 2017-18 seasonal influenza vaccination campaign, focussing on increasing uptake by

Taoiseach, Minister for Health and Minister of State for Health Promotion announce Healthy Ireland Fund investments to help people across the country get more active

New campaign to ‘Get Ireland Walking’ launched #HealthyIreland An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister of State Catherine Byrne today announced a range of investments from the new Healthy Ireland Fund, which was established this year under the national initiative to improve health and wellbeing. The investments are aimed at getting

Minister McGrath welcomes progress on reforming our disability services under the Transforming Lives programme

Minister for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, today published  the 2016 progress report on the Transforming Lives programme. Transforming Lives underpins the collective effort nationally to fundamentally reform how we deliver services for people with a disability.  The report sets out the progress made in 2016 and highlights some personal stories of people with a disability

Minister Daly launches NOSP Annual Report 2016 and National Suicide Research Foundation Self-harm Registry Annual Report 2016

Minister of State Jim Daly today launched the National Office of Suicide Prevention Annual Report 2016 and National Suicide Research Foundation Self-harm Registry Annual Report 2016. The Minister admitted that “suicide and self-harm are complex problems, and that addressing these behaviours means supporting people in many different ways”. He welcomed the decline in suicides in

New Healthy Eating Standards for School Meals launched

The Minister for Health, the Minister for Education and Skills and the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection today (Monday) jointly launched new Nutrition Standards for the State’s School Meals Programme. These will ensure the programme follows the national Healthy Eating Guidelines. The introduction of the new nutrition standards means that only healthy food

Minister Catherine Byrne launches Healthy Limerick

Minister Catherine Byrne, TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, today officially launched Healthy Limerick. Limerick City and County Council has become a member of the National Healthy City and Counties Network, which is an initiative of Healthy Ireland. The Healthy Cities and Counties approach to health involves

Minister Harris welcomes decisions of INMO & IMO memberships

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has welcomed the decision of the INMO membership to vote in favour of the Public Service Stability Agreement following the INMO Executive’s decision to recommend acceptance. Speaking after the outcome of the ballot was announced, Minister Harris said “I am delighted that the INMO membership has voted by a

Minister Daly launches Carlow Age Friendly Strategy 2017 – 2022

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly TD today spoke at the launch of the Carlow Age Friendly Strategy 2017-2022. The second Carlow Age Friendly Strategy is being launched following the successful implementation of the first Carlow Age Friendly Strategy 2013 – 2016. The event, which took place in An Gairdín

Minister Daly launches Connecting for Life – Waterford

Minister Daly, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People,  today officially launched Connecting for Life – Waterford. This local 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,

Minister for Health Simon Harris hosts All-Island Civic Dialogue on the implications of Brexit for Cross-border Health Co-operation

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today (Friday) hosted an All-Island Civic Dialogue on the implications of Brexit for Cross-border Health Co-operation. The stakeholder consultation event was held in Dundalk. This event is part of the All Island Civic Dialogue process, established by the Government, to facilitate the widest possible conversation on the challenges presented

Statement by Minister Harris on the HPV Vaccine

Minister Harris spoke to Minister McGrath on this issue today. Minister McGrath assured Minister Harris that he supports the new campaign to encourage parents to avail of the HPV vaccine which saves lives and he welcomes the fact the whole purpose of the new campaign is to help inform parents and direct them to medical

Granting of planning permission for new National Maternity Hospital major step forward for women and children’s healthcare in Ireland – Minister Harris

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has said that the decision by An Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission for the new National Maternity Hospital on the St Vincent’s University Hospital campus at Elm Park is a major step forward for women and children’s healthcare in Ireland. The Minister said “I am delighted that the

Minister Harris launches HPV Vaccination Campaign and tells scaremongers to butt out and leave medical advice to medical professionals

Speaking today at the launch of the HSE’s 2017/18 Schools HPV Vaccine Programme and Information Campaign, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, said that scaremongers should butt out and leave medical advice on HPV to the medical professionals. The HPV Vaccination Programme and Information Campaign aims to support parents in ensuring their daughters get the

Minister Harris publishes the General Scheme of the Children’s Health Bill 2017 to establish a body to run the new children’s hospital

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, today (Tuesday) announced the publication of the General Scheme of the Children’s Health Bill 2017. This will create a single statutory entity to run the new children’s hospital. The new body will take over the services of the existing three Dublin children’s hospitals, (Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Temple

Harris welcomes recommendation of INMO Executive Council

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD this evening (Monday 28th August) welcomed the decision of the INMO Executive Council to recommend acceptance of the the Public Service Stability Agreement. Speaking after the decision, Minister Harris said “This is very welcome news and I believe the recommendation is made in the best interests of INMO members,

Minister Simon Harris encourages submissions to autism services review

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, today (Thursday) encouraged people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), parents and clinicians to make submissions to a review the HSE is undertaking of the supports and services available for ASD. “I want to ensure that people with ASD have access to the necessary supports to enable them to

Plans to increase access to cost-effective biosimilar medicines move forward with opening of public consultation – Minister Harris

Ireland’s first National Biosimilar Medicines Policy aims to deliver more for patients and taxpayers Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, today announced the opening of a public consultation on biosimilar medicines. The consultation will inform the development of Ireland’s first National Biosimilar Medicines Policy, with the aim of increasing the use of these more cost-effective

€3.5M Govt fund to support community health projects welcome – Minister Harris

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD today welcomed the recent announcement from the Department of Rural and Community Development of the approval of the 2017 Dormant Accounts Action Plan. Additional funding of up to €3.46 million is being made available to the Department of Health in the period 2017-2019 to support a range of

Government Approves the drafting of the Children’s Health Bill 2017

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, today announced the Government’s approval for the drafting of the Children’s Health Bill 2017. This Bill will establish a single statutory entity to take over the services of the existing three Dublin children’s hospitals, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, and the National Children’s Hospital

Minister Daly launches Connecting for Life Cork

Minister Jim Daly, Minister of State with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People, today officially launched Connecting for Life Cork. This local 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

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

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