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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

Minister of State for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD, opens GAA Health and Wellbeing Conference in Croke Park

Minister Corcoran Kennedy opened the 3rd annual GAA Health and Wellbeing Conference in Croke Park today welcoming over 300 delegates from the 32 counties of Ireland. Minister Corcoran Kennedy acknowledged the contribution of the GAA in achieving the goals of Healthy Ireland, in particular, improving the health and wellbeing of communities across Ireland. The Minister

Ministers welcome Scottish judgement on minimum pricing of alcohol Public Health (Alcohol) Bill before Seanad next week

Minister Simon Harris & Minister of State Marcella Corcoran Kennedy have welcomed the Scottish Court of Session ruling in favour of the Scottish Government’s proposals to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol (MUP). Minister Corcoran Kennedy stated, “I welcome the Scottish Court judgement that alternative measures, including increases in taxation, are not capable of protecting life

Minister Helen McEntee attends Traveller Mental Health conference

Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee TD, today closed a national conference on Traveller Mental Health, organised by the Traveller Counselling Service. Held in Dublin Castle, the conference looked at some key issues that impact on mental health within the Traveller community, and discussed how to best address the mental health needs

Minister of State for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD, welcomes launch of “Physical Activity: Prescription for a Wonder Drug” – a policy statement by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s policy group on Physical Activity

Minister of State for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD, today welcomed the launch of “Physical Activity: Prescription for a Wonder Drug”, the new policy statement by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. The Report calls on doctors and other healthcare professionals to start proactively prescribing physical activity as part of any treatment plan

Statement from Minister Finian McGrath

It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of the great disability campaigner and activist Martin Naughton and I wish to extend my deepest condolences to his sisters, family and wide circle of friends. Martin spent his whole life working to improve the lives of people with a disability. One of Martin’s

Minister of State for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD, welcomes additional funding for Health and Wellbeing in Budget 2017

Establishment of Healthy Ireland Fund €5m Expansion of Breast Cancer Screening €2.5m Expansion of Childhood Vaccine Programme €7.8m Advance Purchase Agreement for Pandemic Vaccines €1.5m Minister Corcoran Kennedy said the allocation of additional funding to Health and Wellbeing in Budget 2017 showed the Government’s commitment to the implementation of Healthy Ireland, the National Framework for

Ministers welcome €14.6 billion health budget

€20 million for NTPF to tackle waiting lists 10,000 medical cards for children with disabilities Reduced prescription charges for people over 70 Supports and services for school-leavers with disabilities €5 million to kick-start Healthy Ireland Fund Minister Simon Harris and Ministers of State Finian McGrath, Catherine Byrne, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy & Helen McEntee have secured

Minister Finian McGrath welcomes increased funding for Disability Services & Medical Cards for children who qualify for the Domiciliary Care Allowance

Minister of State for Disabilities Finian McGrath today welcomed the increased allocation in Budget 2017 to address a number of priorities for disability services in the Programme for Partnership Government. Including the additional funding of €31m secured earlier this year, the allocation for disability services will rise to over €1.654bn in 2017, compared to the

Minister Helen McEntee TD marks World Mental Health Day

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Helen McEntee TD today marked World Mental Health day with a series of events. Speaking in the morning, Minister McEntee said “I am honoured today to mark World Mental Health Day, and in particular the focus this year on psychological first aid. It’s easy to forget

Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy supports National Breastfeeding Week

This week is National Breastfeeding Week, and the campaign message from the HSE is ‘Every Breastfeed makes a Difference’. Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, speaking about the importance of National Breastfeeding Week, said:  “Breastfeeding is the best start you can give your baby.  Every feed is good for your baby’s health and your own, and the

Minister Harris attends EPSCO Informal Meeting of EU Health Ministers in Bratislava

Minister for Health Simon Harris today (3rd October) attended an informal meeting of EU Health Ministers where he also had one to one meetings with Health and Food Safety Commissioner Andriukatis; Swedish Minister for Health and Sport, Gabriel Wikstrom; Dutch Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport, Edith Schippers and UK Minister for Public Health, David

Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing Officer vaccinate each other against flu

The Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing Officer have administered the seasonal flu vaccine to each other. In doing so they are urging all health professionals particularly doctors, nurses and midwives to get the flu vaccine. They have issued a letter to all doctors, nurses and midwives respectively emphasising the importance of getting the vaccine.

Ministers welcome launch of Health Innovation Hub Ireland

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, today officially launched Health Innovation Hub Ireland, a key element of the Action Plan for Jobs 2016 and the Programme for Government. The Hub is hosted by University College Cork in partnership with Cork Institute of Technology, the National University of Ireland Galway & Trinity College Dublin and supported

Statement from Minister for Health Simon Harris

Like all of us, I was numb when I heard about this terrible tragedy. I visited the hospital this evening to extend my sympathies to the family on the death of their loved one. I also wanted to support the incredible efforts of the staff in Naas General Hospital on what was an extremely difficult

Minister Helen McEntee opens seminar about Safeguarding Older People in Residential Services

Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee TD, today opened the ‘Principles of Safeguarding Older People in our Residential Services’ Seminar. The Seminar was addressed to managers and staff in residential care settings for older people, aiming to support them in the delivery of safeguarding training. This joint initiative between the Health Service

Ministers Marcella Corcoran Kennedy and Catherine Byrne Launch Ireland’s Report on the “European Schools Project on Alcohol & other Drugs in Ireland” (ESPAD)

Ministers of State Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD and Catherine Byrne TD today launched the national report “European Schools Project on Alcohol & other Drugs in Ireland” (ESPAD). ESPAD is a collaborative effort of research teams in more than forty European countries and the largest cross-national research project on adolescent substance use in the world. The

Minister of State for Health Promotion congratulates St Clare’s National School Ballyjamesduff for winning European Award

Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, today congratulated St Clare’s National School, Ballyjamesduff on winning the European #BeActive Education Award. The award forms part of European Week of Sport and highlights outstanding examples of how young people can become more active in the educational setting. Responding to the announcement, Minister Corcoran Kennedy

Minister McEntee opens Dementia-Specific Garden, Connolly Hospital

The Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee TD, has opened the Dementia-Specific Garden in the Sycamore Unit of Connolly Hospital The Department of Old Age Psychiatry, Sycamore Unit, Connolly Hospital is a specialist longstay unit for older people with dementia associated with severe behavioural and/or psychiatric symptoms, whose care cannot be provided

Minister Simon Harris opens new Post Anaesthetic Care Unit at Cappagh Hospital

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, today officially opened the new Post Anaesthetic Care Unit for patients recovering after surgery at Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital. Cappagh has been the pioneer of Orthopaedic Surgery in Ireland and is now the largest dedicated elective Orthopaedic hospital in the country. Under the HSE Winter Initiative Cappagh Hospital will

Minister Helen McEntee attends the Annual Kilkenny Age Friendly Seniors’ Forum

Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee TD, today attended the Annual Kilkenny Age Friendly Seniors’ Forum at which she launched the findings of the Memory Matters Project. The Age Friendly Cities and Counties (AFCC) programme is managed by Age Friendly Ireland. The Programme aims to encourage communities to support and enable people

Minister McEntee launches annual ‘Technology and Wellbeing’ conference

Helen McEntee TD, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, today launched ReachOut’s annual ‘Technology and Wellbeing’ conference in the Marker Hotel, Dublin. The Minister stated, “We are living in a fast-changing information age where technology plays a significant role in society. Our smart phones and tablets have become part of our everyday

Minister Simon Harris welcomes publication of HSE Winter Initiative 2016-2017

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today welcomed the publication by the HSE of the Winter Initiative 2016 – 2017 to manage the expected increase in demand for health services during the winter and to improve patient experience. The €40 million plan sets out a comprehensive range of actions and measures, across community and hospital

Minister McEntee convenes first meeting of National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health

  Helen McEntee TD, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, today chaired the first meeting of the National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health. After attending the meeting, the Minister confirmed, “I am hugely excited to have begun the work of the Taskforce in improving the mental health and wellbeing of our young

Statement by Minister Finian McGrath

I welcome the publication today of the report by the Áras Attracta Swinford Review Group and I express my sincerest thanks to Dr Kevin McCoy and his team for their outstanding work over the past year and a half. I am very pleased with the way that Dr. McCoy and his colleagues put the residents

Ministers announce additional €1.75m which will support greater fairness and consistency for service users who reside in non-nursing community settings

Commencement of health legislation on 1 January 2017 will modernise contribution arrangements in various long-stay residential settings These revised arrangements will not apply to residents supported under the Nursing Homes Support Scheme (Fair Deal) Each service user (and/or their family member/personal advocate) will be contacted individually and will receive full details of the revised arrangements

Minister for Health Simon Harris invites interested persons, organisations and other bodies to make representations concerning the proposed designation of the professions of counsellor and psychotherapist.

The Minister for Health, Mr Simon Harris TD wishes to give interested persons, organisations and other bodies an opportunity to make representations concerning the proposed designation under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act, 2005, of the professions of counsellor and psychotherapist. The Minister said ‘I have given careful consideration to the Health and Social

Minister Helen McEntee officially opens the new acute mental health unit in Drogheda

Helen McEntee, TD, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People today welcomed the opening of a new multi-million acute psychiatric in-patient unit in Drogheda. This is a significant new capital development for people with severe, enduring and disabling mental health issues. The new hospital will provide a modern, safe and secure therapeutic environment,

Minister Finian McGrath welcomes receipt of report on the South East foster care review

Minister of State for Disabilities, Finian McGrath T.D., has welcomed receipt of the report, late on Monday 29th August, into matters related to the former foster home in the South East, prepared by Conor Dignam SC. Mr Dignam’s Terms of Reference include an examination of the following: the procedures and process followed by the Health

Statement by Minister Finian McGrath TD

I read the reports published by HIQA today with great concern. I have long voiced my worries about the conditions faced by people with disabilities in some residential centres throughout the country and it is clear that huge improvements are still needed in many places. The reports of HIQA inspection visits can often make for

Statement from Minister for Health Simon Harris TD

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has expressed his deep sadness at the death of Professor Aongus Curran. Speaking today, Minister Harris said “I was very sorry to hear today that Professor Curran had passed away. He was an enormously respected surgeon, and a valued teacher to medical students at UCD. I would like to

Minister Harris announces action plan on waiting lists

Minister for Health Simon Harris today announced an action plan to be implemented in the latter half of 2016 aimed at reducing the number of patients on waiting lists. Reduce by 50% the number of patients waiting over 18 months by year end. Clinical validation of all inpatient/daycase waiting lists where patients are waiting longer

Minister McEntee establishes a community-led taskforce to take action to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in Ireland

Helen McEntee TD, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, today announced the membership of the National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health, a key priority in the first 100 days of Partnership Government. The Minister confirmed “This is a significant milestone in our work to empower and support young people to strengthen their

Minister of State McEntee attends Scottish Young Carers Festival

Helen McEntee TD, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, today attended the closing day of the 2016 Scottish Young Carers Festival in West Linton near Edinburgh, Scotland. The event has been held annually since 2008 and brings together 600 young carers from across Scotland for a weekend of fun, respite and consultation.

Statement by Minister Finian McGrath TD on the South East foster care review

Minister of State for Disabilities, Finian McGrath T.D., has indicated that he expects to receive the completed report by Conor Dignam Senior Counsel into matters related to disability foster care in the South East, by the end of August. Mr. Dignam had previously advised the Minister that his work would be concluded in early August. 

Minister Corcoran Kennedy welcomes World Breastfeeding Week

Minister of State for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy today welcomed World Breastfeeding Week, which takes place from August 1st to 7th. Speaking today, Minister Corcoran Kennedy said, “We know that breastfeeding has many advantages for babies and their mothers, and I’m glad to say that there has been an increase of over 9% in

Minister Harris invests €50m in reducing waiting lists

NTPF to take 3,000 people off Endoscopy waiting list by end 2016 €50m from 2017 targetted at reducing waiting lists Minister Harris today launched the National Treatment Purchase Fund’s Endoscopy Waiting List 2016 Initiative. Funding of just over €1m is being ring-fenced by the NTPF to outsource endoscopy procedures for those patients who are currently

Statement from Minister Simon Harris re Dr Kate Granger RIP

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD expressed his deepest sympathies with the husband and loved ones of Dr Kate Granger, who passed away on Friday. Dr Granger made an enormous impact with her #hellomynameis campaign, which the HSE is actively encouraging and supporting staff to take on in Irish health care services. Dr Granger spoke

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill 2016 is passed by the Oireachtas

The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill 2016 has today finished its legislative passage through the Oireachtas. Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and Minister for State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne TD thanked the TDs and Senators who contributed to the debate and who facilitated the passage of the Bill through

Minister Helen McEntee welcomes the launch of Rebuilding Ireland – Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness

Helen McEntee TD, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, today welcomed the launch of Rebuilding Ireland– Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness,by her colleague Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Housing, Planning Community and Local Government. While acknowledging that the immediate priority is to house homeless families, Minister McEntee was pleased that the

State to make major savings under new drug pricing deal

New four-year agreement with Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA) will reduce the price the HSE pays for medicines from the 1st of August Improved pricing mechanism will keep prices of medicines in Ireland on a downward trajectory and will save an estimated €600 million in total over four years plus additional savings from non-IPHA companies

Statement by Minister Finian McGrath TD

Following on from recent media reports and public concern expressed about services for people with a disability provided by or funded by the HSE, Ministers Finian McGrath and Simon Harris met with senior officials from the HSE today. The Ministers held a frank and open discussion with HSE officials about the serious concerns they have

Minister Harris to provide medical cards to over 10,000 very sick children

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, reaffirmed his commitment to automatically provide medical cards for very sick children who are in receipt of Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA). At a meeting with ‘Our Children’s Health’ this week, Minister Harris confirmed that this was a priority for him in the upcoming budget discussions and legislation to enable it

Statement from Minister Finian McGrath TD

“I was appalled at what I saw on Primetime tonight. I am very concerned at the issues which have given rise to the reports completed or in train. The seriousness of these concerns led to the important review commissioned by the Government which is being carried out by Mr. Dignam. I have been informed that

Ministers welcome provision of Console services by Pieta House

Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee welcomed confirmation this evening from the HSE that as part of a contingency plan drawn up by the Department of Health, the HSE, Pieta House and David Hall, who has been acting as interim CEO of Console, Pieta

Press Statement from Minister McEntee regarding St Vincent’s Care Centre, Athlone

Ms Helen McEntee T.D., Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, today confirmed that, that for health and safety reasons it has become necessary to transfer residents at St Vincent’s Care Centre in Athlone to alternative accommodation on a phased basis over the next couple of days. The HSE has taken this decision

Ministers Harris & McEntee meet HSE on Console

Continuation of services over-riding priority for Ministers Harris & McEntee Confirm HSE has provided Internal Audit to  the Gardai Confirm PAC will receive internal audit ahead of meeting with HSE Minister McEntee to meet David Hall & trustees The Minister for Health, Simon Harris and the Minister of State with special responsibility for Mental Health,

Joint Policy Statement by the Ministers for Health, Simon Harris TD and Michelle O’Neill, MLA, on the All-island Congenital Heart Disease Network

In March 2015 our respective Departments confirmed that they would establish an All-island Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) Clinical Network from 1 April 2015. This followed the outcome of a public consultation in the North on the International Working Group’s (IWG) recommendations published by both Departments in October 2014. The Network is comprised of an All-island

Health Ministers commit to further development of the all-island Congenital Heart Disease Network

Health Ministers Simon Harris TD and Michelle O’Neill MLA committed to a €57 million investment in the all-island Congenital Heart Disease Service. The Ministers made the announcement at the opening of the new Hybrid Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin (OLCHC) Dublin. The joint opening of the Lab provided a unique platform to confirm both Ministers’

Minister Finian McGrath welcomes publication by the Health Research Board of an evidence review on individualised budgeting

Minister McGrath today welcomed the publication of a report by the Health Research Board on Individualised budgeting for social care services for people with a disability: International approaches and evidence on outcomes and experiences. The evidence review was commissioned by the Department of Health as part of the Transforming Lives programme which will see services

Statement by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has announced today that having reviewed the report regarding a change in deferral policies for blood donation by men who have sex with men prepared by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS), he is accepting their recommendation to reduce the current lifelong ban from donating blood to a one-year

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