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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)

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

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

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

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

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

Statement from Minister for Health Simon Harris

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

Statement from Minister Finian McGrath on the death of Donal Toolan

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

Minister McEntee launches Connecting for Life Mid-West

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

National Maternity Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

Minister Harris Welcomes Positive Outcome to INMO Ballot

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

Minister McGrath marks World Autism Awareness Day

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

Minister Harris announces new CEO of the National Treatment Purchase Fund

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

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

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

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

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

Minister Harris launches Organ Donor Awareness Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Statement from Minister Harris: Cannabis for Medical Reasons

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

Record Number of Living Kidney Donor Transplants

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

Minister Harris welcomes deferral of INMO industrial action 

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

Update on progress re Cannabis for medical reasons

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

Statement from Minister Harris on Orkambi

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

Minister Harris cuts prescription charges for over 390,000 people

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

Minister McGrath welcomes the publication of the Devine and Resilience Reports

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

Minister Harris welcomes Medication Safety Inspection Reports published today by HIQA

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

Minister for Health welcomes agreement to avert SIPTU industrial action

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

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

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

Minister McGrath opens a new service for people with autism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ministers Harris and Corcoran Kennedy mark World Cancer Day

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

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

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

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

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

Minister McEntee launches the Meath Age Friendly Strategy 2017-2020

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

Minister of State for Health Promotion launches Building Healthy Offaly

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

Minister Harris visits European Medicines Agency (EMA)

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

Minister Harris announces major focus on patients waiting longest in 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minister for Older People encourages more uptake of flu vaccine

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

Department of Health convenes meeting of National Public Health Emergency Team

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

Minister Harris announces lowest recorded number of delayed discharges from hospitals

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

Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy welcomes tobacco divestment by ISIF

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

Department of Health publishes Health in Ireland Key Trends 2016

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

Minister for Health visits National Rehabilitation Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minister Harris welcomes positive engagement on Orkambi with Australian Health Minister

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

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