Publications

Nutrition Standards for School Meals

These Nutrition Standards for School Meals are being published under the auspices of Healthy Ireland, the national Framework which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the population of Ireland. Healthy Ireland takes a ‘whole of Government’ and a ‘whole of society’ approach to addressing the determinants of health, including education, and to supporting

The General Scheme of the Children’s Health Bill 2017

The Government agreed in 2006 to the creation of a single national tertiary paediatric hospital, into which the services of the three existing children’s hospitals would come together. Paediatric acute services are currently provided by three hospitals in Dublin – Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, and the National Children’s Hospital

Relocation of the European Medicines Agency to Dublin

The European Medicines Agency plays a vital role in the protection of the health of over 500 million European citizens through the scientific evaluation and safety monitoring of human and veterinary medicines. The Irish Government believes that relocating the EMA to Dublin is the best choice for Europe.

Department of Health, Acute Hospital Expenditure Review

This paper has been prepared by Department of Health as part of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s Expenditure Review 2017. In service of the Expenditure Review, the objectives of this paper are to: Examine the baseline expenditure in the public acute hospital sector over the period 2011 to date, and identify trends and

Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery 2017 – 2025

Ireland’s “Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery” strategy sets out the Government’s response to addressing the harm caused by substance misuse in our society over the next eight years.  It identifies a set of key actions to be delivered between 2017 and 2020, and provides an opportunity for the development of further actions from 2021 to 2024

Evidence Review to Inform the Parameters for a Refresh of A Vision for Change

This report presents the results of an evidence review to inform the parameters of the planned refresh of mental health policy in Ireland ten years after the publication of the existing policy framework set out in A Vision for Change (AVFC). Evidence Review to Inform the Parameters for a Refresh of A Vision for Change

National Cancer Strategy 2017 -2026

This National Cancer Strategy 2017 -2026 aims to meet the needs of cancer patients in Ireland for the next decade. Rapid advances have been made in cancer diagnostics and treatments. The objective is to ensure that cancer services respond to both the challenges and the opportunities for future development so that care is of a uniformly

A Performance Measurement Framework for Drug and Alcohol Task Forces

The Performance Measurement Framework for Drug and Alcohol Task Forces was developed by Trutz Haase Economic Consultants on behalf of the Department of Health. The aim of the report is to develop a longitudinal performance measurement framework which will enable the Department of Health to measure the effectiveness of interventions to respond to the drug

National Healthcare Quality Reporting System – Annual Report 2017

This is the third annual report of the National Healthcare Quality Reporting System (NHQRS). This report makes publicly available information on the quality and safety of healthcare across the Irish health system. Its focus is on a balanced set of healthcare data that gives an overview of how our health service is performing compared to international health

Framework for National Performance Indicators for Nursing & Midwifery

The purpose of this Framework is to set out the policy context for the use of nursing and midwifery performance indicators (PIs) to demonstrate the relationship between inputs and outcomes/impact; provide guidance on PIs including clarifying the relationship between Structure, Process and Outcome PIs; and ensure that there is a standardised approach to their development, prioritisation, endorsement

Trends in Public/Private Patient Activity in Public Acute Hospitals

This paper has been prepared by the Department of Health to review the trends in activity in public hospitals since the reforms introduced under the Health (Amendment) Act 2013 commenced. The paper primarily analyses information at national level on acute public hospital patient discharges between 2012 and 2016 on a public/private patient basis. Trends in Public/Private Patient Activity

Strategic Review of Medical Training and Career Structure: Fifth Progress Report

This is the fifth progress report to be submitted to the Minister for Health and covers the period August 2016 – January 2017. Strategic Review of Medical Training and Career Structure: Fifth Progress Report – August 2016 – January 2017 Further information on the Strategic Review of Medical Training and Career Structures

Trends in Health Behaviours, Health Outcomes and Contextual Factors between 1998-2014: findings from the Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study

The HBSC is a cross-sectional study conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe. It runs every 4 years and in 2014 there were 42 participating countries and regions collecting data on the health behaviours, health outcomes and contexts of children’s lives. Trends in Health Behaviours, Health Outcomes and Contextual

Relocation of the European Medicines Agency

There are many reasons why Dublin is the ideal location for the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Dublin can provide a sustainable and smooth transition for the EMA, the European regulatory network, its stakeholders and most importantly the people of Europe. Relocation of the European Medicines Agency – Dublin, where the world comes to work Relocation

Department of Health Consolidated Salary Scales w.e.f. 1/4/2017 in accordance with FEMPI 2015 and the Public Service Stability Agreements 2013 – 2018, (The Lansdowne Road Agreement)

Department of Health Consolidated Salary Scales w.e.f. 1/4/2017 in accordance with FEMPI 2015 and the Public Service Stability Agreements 2013 – 2018, (The Lansdowne Road Agreement) These scales must be read in conjunction with Department of Health Circular 6/2017.     Pay Scales for health sector employees returning from abroad Appointment to the appropriate point

Tobacco Free Ireland Annual Report 2015

Tobacco Free Ireland, the report of the Tobacco Policy Review Group, was endorsed by Government, and published in October 2013. It builds on existing tobacco control policies and legislation already in place in this country, and sets a target for Ireland to be tobacco free (i.e. with a smoking prevalence rate of less than 5%)

Health Research Board Report – Assisted reproductive technologies: International approaches to public funding mechanisms and criteria. An evidence review

Officials in the Department of Health are currently drafting the General Scheme of legislative provisions for assisted human reproduction (AHR). In the context of drafting this comprehensive piece of legislation, the question of public funding has arisen. In order to assist in determining how public funding for fertility treatment might potentially be provided in Ireland,

Interim Report on National Rare Disease Plan for Ireland 2014-2018

This is a summary/detailed Interim Report on the implementation of the National Rare Disease Plan published in 2014 by the Department. It provides an update on progress with the implementation of each of the 48 recommendations in the National Plan. These recommendations cover a number of areas pertinent to rare diseases including information & research;

Report on the Newborn Screening Card Archive Forum

The Department of Health hosted the Newborn Screening Card Archive Forum on 27 October 2016, with the aim of providing participants from a broad range of areas with the opportunity to engage in deliberative dialogue with international experts regarding the current and future retention and secondary uses of the Newborn Screening Card Archive. The retention

Health in Ireland Key Trends 2016

 This is the ninth edition of this easy-to-use reference guide to significant trends in health and health care over the  past decade, including population and health status, as well as trends in service provision. This year, new tables,  maps and graphs have been included on some specific topics or where new data has been made

Statement of Strategy 2016-2019

This is the Statement of Strategy for the Department of Health for the period 2016-2019. It sets out our mission, our values, and our role and main functions. It describes the current environment in which health and social services are to be delivered and identifies a number of underlying themes that will inform our work

Lourdes Hospital Payment Scheme Final Report 2016

In November 2013, the then Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD, announced that approximately 35 women who had undergone bilateral oophorectomy procedures and who had been excluded, on age grounds alone, from the original Lourdes Hospital Redress Scheme in 2007, would be provided with ex gratia awards, subject to the appropriate proofs required under

The Surgical Symphysiotomy Ex Gratia Payment Scheme Report

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 Surgical Symphysiotomy Ex Gratia

Prevalence of Drug Use and Gambling in Ireland and Drug Use in Northern Ireland – Bulletin 1

This Bulletin presents the key findings from the fourth drug prevalence survey of households in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Within Ireland the survey sampled a representative number of people aged 15+ from August 2014 to August 2015. Within Northern Ireland a representative sample of persons aged 15-64 years was selected. The survey was carried out according to standards set by the European Monitoring

Positive Ageing 2016 – National Indicators Report

This first Positive Ageing National Indicator report presents findings from a wide range of existing resources on what matters for older people. It sets out the evidence under the three pillars identified in the National Positive Ageing Strategy i.e. Participation, Health and Security as well as the cross-cutting objectives of combating ageism and increasing access to

Review of Certain Matters Relating to a Disability Service in the South East

The Minister of State with responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD has published the report of Conor Dignam SC. Mr. Dignam was asked by the Minister of State’s predecessor, former Minister of State Kathleen Lynch, to look into certain matters relating, in particular, to two previous reports on foster care commissioned by the HSE and

Healthy Ireland Survey 2016 Summary Findings

This report provides an overview of results from the second wave of the Healthy Ireland Survey, an annual interviewer administered face-to-face survey commissioned by the Department of Health. The survey data plays a number of roles, including supporting the Department in ongoing engagement and awareness-raising activities in the various policy areas and supporting better policy development. Healthy Ireland Survey 2016 – Summary of

Healthy Lifestyles – A Consulation with Children and Young People

This report outlines the views of children and young people on factors that help and hinder them in having a healthy lifestyle. This consultation process with children and young people formed part of the national consultation process with stakeholders for the National Obesity Policy. It was commissioned by the Department of Health and conducted by the Citizen

A Healthy Weight for Ireland: Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016 – 2025

This Obesity Policy and Action Plan is the result of the Government’s desire to assist its people to achieve better health and in particular to reduce the levels of overweight and obesity. It also acknowledges that the solutions are multiple and that every sector has a role in reducing the burden of this condition. A Healthy Weight for Ireland: Obesity

Proposed regulation of Counsellors and Psychotherapists under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005

Public Consultation – Submissions invited The Minister for Health, Mr Simon Harris TD, in accordance with section 4(2)(b) of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005, wishes to give  interested persons, organisations and other bodies an opportunity to make representations to him concerning the proposed designation under the Act of the professions of counsellor and psychotherapist.

Framework Agreement on the Supply and Pricing of Medicines

Medicines play a key role in improving the health of patients in Ireland. Securing timely access to medicines for patients at an affordable price, in particular innovative medicines offering enhanced health outcomes, is a key priority for Ireland. Securing the cost effective and economic provision of medicines to the health services in Ireland is vital

National Healthcare Quality Reporting System (NHQRS) Annual Report 2016

This is the second National Healthcare Quality Reporting System (NHQRS) annual report. It focuses on a range of outcomes that are important to patients and that reflect the broad range of health services provided in Ireland. Presenting the information in this way is an important first step in understanding performance, quality and safety of health services. It is

Report on Incorporating Diagnosis Related Groups into the Risk Equalisation Scheme

In 2014 the Department of Health and the Health Insurance Authority commenced work on the development of a more refined health status measure using Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) to be implemented in a timely and phased manner. A key requirement of the reform is more comprehensive and sophisticated data collection and analysis. To assist with

Better Health, Improving Health Care

“Better Health, Improving Health Care” is a strategic briefing document prepared by the Department for the incoming Minister for Health, in advance of the publication of the Programme for Government. It sets out some strategic considerations to inform the task of developing a clear and coherent agenda for action to improve the health service. Better

Governance Framework for the Department of Health

This Governance Framework aims to provide a clear overview of the principal aspects of corporate governance within the Department of Health. The Governance Framework is drafted in accordance with the Corporate Governance Standard for the Civil Service . It documents the governance arrangements for the Department, which are underlined by five key governance principles. The

Department of Health Annual Report 2015

The 2015 Annual Report details the progress made by the Department in the first year of our three year Statement of Strategy 2015-2017. The goals are organised into six strategic programme areas: Drive the Healthy Ireland agenda Deliver improved patient outcomes Reform operational systems to drive better outcomes Implement agreed steps towards universal healthcare Introduce

National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016 Progress Report 2015

Drugs misuse continues to be one of the most significant challenges facing our country. It is highly destructive and has devastating effects on individuals, relationships, families, communities and society in general. Implementation of the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016, which sets out Government policy in dealing with the drugs problem, is being pursued across a range

National HR Circulars

Circulars will be available to download here from the date of publication effective from (and the date). Historic circulars may be requested by email. 2016 Increase in State Pension Contributory wef 8th January 2016 – 04/01/2016 Expiry of Increment measures under the terms of the HRA – 08/01/2016 Implementation of Haddington Road Agreement (Appendix 7) and

Alcohol Literature Review

This literature review on alcohol was commissioned by the Department of Health in 2014 to update evidence contained in the National Substance Misuse Strategy. To view a copy of the Review here.  

Reporting obligations under the Tobacco Products Directive No. 2014/40/EU

Notice to Industry – March 2016 Under Articles 5 and 20 of Directive 2014/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014[1], on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products and repealing Directive 2001/37/EC, manufacturers

Values in Nursing and Midwifery

What is the Values Initiative? The Values Initiative is a process to consult on, identify, agree and commit to a set of nursing and midwifery values that underpin practice in Ireland. The Initiative is led by the Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health, in partnership with the Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director

Report of the Monitoring Group Implementation of the Recommendations of the Report of the Review of Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Degree Programmes (2012) Department of Health, February 2016

  A Monitoring Group was set up by the Department of Health in May 2013 to monitor and support the implementation of the recommendations of the Review of the Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Degree programmes (DoH 2012). Report of the Review of Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Degree Programmes The report of the Monitoring Group (DOH

National Maternity Strategy – Creating a Better Future Together 2016-2026

Ireland’s first National Maternity Strategy, Creating A Better Future Together, 2016 – 2026 was launched by the Minister for Health on 27 January 2016. The Strategy maps out the future for maternity and neonatal care, to ensure that it will be safe, standardised, of high-quality and offer a better experience and more choice to women

Strategy for the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer 2015-2017

The Strategy sets out the Vision, Mission and Values for the Office. It also highlights the Office’s Strategic Objectives until end 2017, as follows: To provide expert policy input and direction to support government priorities and to optimise public investment in the health system; To strengthen the role of nurses and midwives to optimise the

Interim Report and Recommendations by the Taskforce on Staffing and Skill Mix for Nursing on a Framework for Safe Nurse Staffing and Skill Mix in General and Specialist Medical and Surgical Care Settings in Adult Hospitals in Ireland February 2016

Minister Varadkar was joined by the Chief Nursing Officer Dr Siobhan O’Halloran and nursing union leaders to launch the first national Framework for safe nurse staffing and skill mix in general and specialist medical and surgical care settings in acute hospitals. This is the first policy paper published by the Office of the Chief Nursing

Get Ireland Active – the National Physical Activity Plan

The National Physical Activity Plan focuses on different types of actions, some immediate and some more long-term and sustainable solutions, which recognise that behaviour change is complex, challenging and takes time. This does not merely focus on overcoming deficits but concentrates on solutions and strengths and reshaping the environment for physical activity. National Physical Activity Plan  

Health in Ireland Key Trends 2015

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 2015 report highlights the many significant achievements that Ireland has made in terms of key outcomes relating to the health

Potential Measures to Encourage Provision of Nursing Home & Community Nursing Unit Facilities

The team incorporating DKM Economic Consultants, AECOM, RDJ Solicitors and Rose McHugh has been tasked by the Department of Health to provide an analysis of Potential Measures to Encourage the Provision of Nursing Home and Community Nursing Unit Facilities. Specifically, four questions were to be addressed: What are the current and future requirements for facilities

Analysis of Potential Measures to Encourage the Provision of Primary Care Facilities

Analysis of Potential Measures to Encourage the Provision of Primary Care Facilities Report Presented to Department of Health Prepared by Indecon International Economic Consultants Indecon research economists were appointed by the Department of Health based on a competitive tender, to independently investigate the costs and benefits of potential measures to encourage the provision of primary

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill was approved by Government on 8th December.  The bill aims to reduce alcohol consumption in Ireland to 9.1 litres per person per annum by 2020 and to reduce the harms associated with alcohol.  The Bill consists of 29 sections and includes five main provisions. These are: minimum unit pricing; health

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Report to the Minister for Health on an evaluation and analysis of returns for 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015 including advice on risk equalisation credits

The Minister for Health requested that the Health Insurance Authority provide a Report to the Minister under Section 7E of the Health Insurance Act 1994.  The Report includes: An evaluation and analysis of Returns for the period 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015, Such matters concerning the carrying on of health insurance  business  that

General Scheme of Provisions on Open Disclosure

Provisions to support open disclosure of patient safety incidents to be included in legislation to provide for Periodic Payment Orders were approved by the Government on 3 November 2015. The General Scheme of the provisions on Open Disclosure

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Re-location of the Coombe and Rotunda Hospitals

On Tuesday 30th June, following a review of the proposed sites for the development of maternity hospitals in Dublin, the Department of Health announced the locations for the re-development of the Rotunda and the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospitals.  Read the report here.

National Sexual Health Strategy

The action plan sets out the main actions to be taken in 2015 and 2016 to commence implementation of the National Sexual Health Strategy for Ireland 2015–2020.  National Sexual Health Strategy 2015-2020

Department of Health Annual Report 2014

The 2014 Annual Report details the progress made by the Department in achieving the goals set out in the Department’s Strategy Statement for 2011-2014. The goals were organised into six strategic programme areas: ·    Fair Access and Sustainability ·    Patient Safety and Quality ·    Health and Wellbeing ·    Primary Care ·    Acute Hospitals ·    Specialised

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Healthy Ireland Survey 2015 – Summary of Findings

The Healthy Ireland Survey is an interviewer-administered survey with interviews conducted on a face-to-face basis with individuals aged 15 and over. The initial wave of this survey involved 7,539 interviews. Fieldwork was conducted between November 2014 and August 2015. Healthy Ireland Survey 2015 – Summary of Findings

A Public Health Plan for the Pharmaceutical Treatment of Hepatitis C

An Expert Advisory Group was established to examine the feasibility of a multi-annual treatment plan for hepatitis C.  The findings of the Expert Advisory Group are outlined in this Report ‘A Public Health Plan for the Pharmaceutical Treatment of Hepatitis C’.  The Government has now approved the establishment of a HSE National Treatment Plan for

Connecting for Life – Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide 2015-2020

Connecting for Life is Ireland’s National Strategy to reduce suicide (2015-2020). The development of the strategy was a collaborative and inclusive process. Some of the most important contributions to the development of ‘Connecting for Life’ came from our public consultation process. We received 272 submissions from people and organisations, which included members of the general

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Sepsis Management National Clinical Guideline No. 6

Sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock are used to describe the systemic inflammatory response of patients to infection, as a continuum of progressive and life threatening severity.  Sepsis is the clinical syndrome defined by the presence of both infection and a systemic inflammatory response. The aim of this guideline is to facilitate the early recognition

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National Cancer Strategy 2006: a Strategy for Cancer Control in Ireland – Evaluation Panel Report

Review of ‘A Strategy for Cancer Control in Ireland’. The review was led by Professor Pádraig Warde of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto.  The evaluation panel was very impressed with the excellent progress in the cancer control system in Ireland since the publication of “A Strategy for Cancer Control in Ireland” in 2006.   Download

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National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016 Progress Report 2014

Drugs misuse continues to be one of the most significant challenges facing our country.   It is highly destructive and has devastating effects on individuals, relationships, families, communities and society in general. Implementation of the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016, which sets out Government policy in dealing with the drugs problem, is being pursued across a range

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Statement of Strategy 2015 – 2017

Our overall aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Ireland by: ·    keeping people healthy; ·    providing the healthcare people need; ·    delivering high quality services; and ·    getting best value from health system resources. We have a range of actions that we plan to pursue over the lifetime of this

Publication of GP Contract document for the provision of GP care for Under 6’s

Under the new arrangements, children under 6 will be eligible for GP care free at the point of service. They will also benefit from age-based preventive checks focused on health and wellbeing, identifying obesity and other problems early, and the prevention of disease. These assessments will be carried out once when a child is aged

Emergency Department Task Force Report

In December 2014, Minister Varadkar convened the Emergency Department Taskforce to provide focus and momentum, and to develop sustainable long-term solutions to ED overcrowding. On 2 April, 2015, with Minister Lynch, Minister Varadkar announced additional funding to tackle Delayed Discharges and ED Overcrowding and published the Taskforce Action Plan. The Plan sets out a range

Tobacco Free Ireland Action Plan

Tobacco Free Ireland was the first policy document to be launched under the Healthy Ireland framework and sets a target for Ireland to be tobacco free (i.e. with a smoking prevalence rate of less than 5%) by the year 2025. Tobacco Free Ireland has over 60 recommendations and the Action Plan was drawn up following

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Model-based appraisal of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in the Republic of Ireland

In 2013, the Department of Health, in conjunction with Northern Ireland, commissioned the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group (SARG) at the University of Sheffield to conduct a health impact assessment as part of the process of developing a legislative basis for minimum unit pricing.  The health impact assessment studied the impact of different minimum prices on

Strategic Review of Medical Training and Career Structure

In July 2013 a Working Group, chaired by Prof. Brian MacCraith, President, Dublin City University, was established to carry out a strategic review of medical training and career structure. The Working Group was tasked with examining and making high-level recommendations relating to training and career pathways for doctors with a view to: • Improving graduate

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Report of the Expert Group Review of the Mental Health Act, 2001

Ms Kathleen Lynch T.D., Minister for Primary Care, Social Care (Disabilities & Older People) and Mental Health,  published the Expert Group Review of the Mental Health Act, 2001 on Thursday 5 March 2015.   Read the press release here. The completion of this review is in line with a commitment in the Programme for Government which

Framework for All Island Clinical Network for Congenital Heart Disease

With the acceptance by Minister Wells and Minister Varadkar of the recommendations of the International Working Group (IWG) report on an all island model for congenital heart disease, a framework of governance which can facilitate the work required and recognise the cross jurisdictional responsibilities is required. An All Island Clinical Network to manage the all-island

General Scheme of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015

This head is modelled on section 18 of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014 and section 22 of the Public Health (Sunbeds) Act 2014. A Bill to provide for: 1) Health labelling of alcohol products 2) Minimum unit pricing for retailing of alcohol products 3) Regulation of marketing and advertising of alcohol

National Carers’ Strategy Annual Report 2014

The National Carers’ Strategy, which was published in 2012, sets the strategic direction for future policies, services and supports provided by Government Departments and agencies for carers. It is a Cross-Departmental Strategy that sets out; guiding principles, goals and objectives addressing priority areas (income support, health, information, respite, housing, transport, training, employment, children and young

Public Consultation – on the scope for private health insurance to incorporate additional primary care services

The Department of Health announces public consultation on the scope for private health insurance to incorporate additional primary care services. The Department of Health today, Monday 22nd December 2014, commenced a public consultation on the scope for private health insurance to incorporate additional primary care services. The Government has emphasised the importance of developing primary

The Irish National Dementia Strategy

A commitment to develop a Dementia Strategy is included in the Programme for Government 2011-2016.   This Strategy identifies key principles to underpin and inform the full range of health and social care services provided to people with dementia, their families and carers. Download the document here

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Report to the Minister for Health on an evaluation and analysis of returns for 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 including advice on risk equalisation credits.

The Minister for Health requested that the Health Insurance Authority provide a Report to the Minister under Section 7E of the Health Insurance Act 1994.  The Report includes: An evaluation and analysis of Returns for the period 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014, Such matters concerning the carrying on of health insurance  business  that

Review of Measures to Reduce Costs in the Private Health Insurance Market 2014

This report was prepared independently by Mr McLoughlin with the support of the health insurers, and the Health Insurance Authority, for consideration by the Minister for Health and the insurers.  All parties were very conscious of the importance of respecting competition law when dealing with issues such as prices and costs. The work of the

Illicit Drug Markets in Ireland study

The National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol (NACDA) published the Illicit Drug Markets in Ireland study.  The study, commissioned by the NACDA and conducted by the Health Research Board (HRB), provides in-depth research and analysis on the various factors that influence the development of local drugs markets. It examines the nature, structure and organisation

Implementation of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 – Guidance Document for Health Professionals

The guidance document has been developed to assist health professionals in operating the Act when providing care to pregnant women with life threatening conditions. This document has been prepared by the Department of Health in collaboration with a multidisciplinary committee of experts in medicine, nursing and midwifery, and law. The Committee included nominees from relevant

Department of Health Annual Report for 2013

The Department of Health Annual Report for 2013 This report sets out the body of work undertaken by the Department of Health in 2013.  Download the report here

Strategic Review of Medical Training and Career Structure Final Report

Final report of the Strategic Review Working Group chaired by Professor Brian MacCraith (President, DCU) This final report focuses on issues relating to strategic medical workforce planning and career planning and mentoring supports for trainee doctors and makes recommendations. It also addresses specific issues in relation to the specialties of public health medicine, general practice

National Rare Disease Plan for Ireland 2014-2018

This is a generic policy framework for rare diseases. Its scope is broad and it applies to all rare diseases, which can number up to 8,000 diseases affecting millions of EU citizens. This policy framework envisages a combined approach with our EU partners and Northern Ireland to diagnose and treat people with rare diseases. We

Report of the Consultation for a National Rare Disease Plan for Ireland

This report presents findings from the National Consultation on Rare Disease overseen by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland on behalf of the Department of Health to inform the development of Ireland’s first National Rare Disease Plan. In 2009, the Council of the European Union recommended that all member countries develop a national plan

Report on Symphysiotomy in Ireland 1944-1984 – Professor Oonagh Walsh

This Final Report is the culmination of a two-stage process aimed at fulfilling the request of the previous Minister for Health and Children (Mary Harney) in relation to the practice of symphysiotomy in Ireland. The first phase was an independent academic research report. The second phase involved consultation with relevant stakeholders to provide comment on

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Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Evidence Review

The current report reviews the scientific evidence on standardised or “plain” packaging, and the extent to which plain packaging regulations would help Ireland to achieve its tobacco control objectives.   Plain packaging is a form of marketing restriction that prohibits the use of logos, colours, brand images and promotional information on tobacco packaging. Under plain packaging

Framework Agreement between the Minister for Health and the Irish Medical Organisation in respect of a process for engagement concerning the GMS/GP Contract

Minister of State with responsibility for Primary Care, Alex White TD, today (4 June 2014) concluded a series of meetings with the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) with the signing of the Framework Agreement between the Minister of Health, the HSE and the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) setting out a process for engagement concerning the GMS/GP

National Clinical Effectiveness Committee (NCEC) Annual Report 2013

This first Annual Report of the NCEC outlines the activity of NCEC and provides information on the development for the first time in Ireland processes for prioritisation and quality assurance of National Clinical Guidelines. The Annual Report sets the agenda for NCEC going forward in line with its terms of reference. Of note two National

Strategic Review of Medical Training and Career Structures Report on Medical Career Structures and Pathways following completion of Specialist Training

The Minister for Health decided, in July 2013, to establish a Working Group, chaired by Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU, to carry out a strategic review of medical training and career structure. The Working Group will examine and make high-level recommendations relating to training and career pathways for doctors with a view to: Improving

Department of Health and Children Consolidated Salary Scales – Clause 2.31 of the Haddington Road Agreement

Consolidated Salary Scales in accordance with Clause 2.31 of the Haddington Road Agreement These scales must be read in conjunction with Department of Health Circular 3/2014. With reference to Clause 2.31 of the Haddington Road Agreement (HRA) which addresses the remuneration of new entrant grades who entered the Public Service on or after 1 January

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Call for Submissions: White Paper on Universal Health Insurance

The Department of Health has published a White Paper on Universal Health Insurance.  The White Paper sets out in detail the elements of the proposed Universal Health Insurance model for Ireland.  As such, it provides detail on the overall design of the model, the proposed system for deciding on the standard package of services and

The Path to Universal Healthcare: White Paper on Universal Health Insurance

The Government is committed to ending the unfair, unequal and inefficient two-tier health system and to introducing a single-tier system, supported by universal health insurance The Government will achieve a single-tier system via a multi-payer model of universal health insurance (UHI), in line with the Programme for Government (PfG), involving competing private health insurers and

National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016 Progress Report 2013

Drugs misuse continues to be one of the most significant challenges facing our country.   It is highly destructive and has devastating effects on individuals, relationships, families, communities and society in general. Implementation of the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016, which sets out Government policy in dealing with the drugs problem, is being pursued across a range

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Composite Report (Health Service Reform Programme)

This Composite Report on the work of the Action Committees established for Phase I of the Health Reform Programme sets out a brief summary of the issues raised and conclusions reached during Phase I. It is intended as an input to the planning of subsequent phases and should not be regarded as binding in any

Review of Measures to Reduce Costs in the Private Health Insurance Market 2013

This report was prepared independently by Mr McLoughlin with the insurers’ support, for consideration by the Minister for Health and the insurers.  All parties were very conscious of the importance of respecting competition law when dealing with issues such as prices and costs. The Phase 1 report contains 32 recommendations under 9 headings as follows:

National Carers’ Strategy Annual Report 2013

The National Carers’ Strategy, which was published in 2012, sets the strategic direction for future policies, services and supports provided by Government Departments and agencies for carers. It is a Cross-Departmental Strategy that sets out; guiding principles, goals and objectives addressing priority areas (income support, health, information, respite, housing, transport, training, employment, children and young

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HSE Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise Perinatal Deaths (2006-date)

The Minister for Health requested the Chief Medical Officer to prepare a Report for him on issues that arose following a Primetime Investigates programme relating to Portlaoise Hospital Maternity Services (PHMS) on 30th January 2014. This Report provides a preliminary assessment of PHMS focusing on perinatal deaths (2006-date) and related matters. Through a series of

Health Care Quality Indicators in the Irish Health System

Public reporting of quality indicators promotes the principle of a transparent and accountable health care system that encourages a continuing focus on improving the quality of care it provides. This works brings us a step further in enhancing the quality and safety of our system. It is important that this report is not relied upon

Annual Report 2012

The Department of Health Annual Report for 2012 This report sets out the body of work undertaken by the Department of Health in 2012. Click here to download PDF 334KB

eHealth Strategy for Ireland

The purpose of the strategy is to provide an outline of eHealth and demonstrate how the individual citizen, the Irish healthcare delivery systems – both public and private – and the economy as a whole will benefit from eHealth. Click here to download  PDF 3MB

Value for Money and Policy Review of Disability Services in Ireland – National Implementation Framework

The National Implementation Framework describes how the recommendations from the Value for Money (VFM) and Policy Review of the Disability Services Programme will be translated into concrete actions. It assigns responsibilities for those actions, and specifies timelines for their completion. It also identifies priorities and key performance indicators. The Framework describes how these reforms can

Tobacco Free Ireland

The high levels of smoking in Ireland require a more concerted effort to support the continued development of a tobacco free society where people can live longer and healthier lives free from the detrimental effects of tobacco. The direction given in this policy report seeks to de-normalise tobacco within Irish society, reduce initiation rates, assist

The HBSC Ireland Trends Report 1998 – 2010

Click here to download The HBSC Ireland Trends Report 1998 – 2010 PDF 958KB The HBSC is a cross-sectional study conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe. It runs every 4 years and in 2010 there were 43 participating countries and regions collecting data on the health behaviours, health

The Establishment of Hospital Groups as a transition to Independent Hospital Trusts

This is the Report on the Establishment of Hospital Groups as a Transition to Independent Hospital Trusts, as approved by Government on 14 May 2013. Click here to download The Establishment of Hospital Groups as a transition to Independent Hospital Trusts PDF 5.59MB Click here to download Securing the Future of Smaller Hospitals: A Framework

Suboxone Feasibility Study

Click here to download Evaluation of Suboxone Feasibility Study in Ireland – Create Consultancy Ltd. – April 2011 PDF 870KB Click here to download Recommendations of the Expert Group on the Regulatory Framework for products containing buprenorphine/naloxone and buprenorphine-only for the treatment of opioid dependence in Ireland – August 2011 PDF 56KB An Expert Group

Report of the Pandemic Review Group

This Report gives an overview of the response to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 and will inform Pandemic Planning into the future. Click here to download PDF 262KB

Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill

An Act to protect human life during pregnancy; to make provision for reviews at the instigation of a pregnant woman of certain medical opinions given in respect of pregnancy; to provide for an offence of intentional destruction of unborn human life; to amend the Health Act 2007; to repeal sections 58 and 59 of the

Proposed Sugar Sweetened Drinks Tax: Health Impact Assessment (HIA)

  Click here to download Background to the Health Impact Assessment on Sugar Sweetened Drink PDF 49KB Click here to download Proposed Sugar Sweetened Drinks Tax: Health Impact Assessment (HIA) PDF 9.22MB Click here to download Proposed Sugar Sweetened Drinks Tax: Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Technical Report PDF 19.2MB

National Strategy on Dementia Summary of Consultation Process

Click here to download PDF 271KB The Programme for Government gives a commitment to develop a National Strategy on Dementia by 2013 which will increase awareness, ensure early diagnosis and intervention, and enhance community based services for people living with this condition. During 2012, following the completion of the Research Review in preparation for the

National Positive Ageing Strategy

The Programme for Government committed to completing and implementing the National Positive Ageing Strategy so that older people are recognised, supported and enabled to live independent full lives. This Strategy, which was published in April 2013, is a new departure in policy making for older people given its focus on the broader determinants of health.

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board – Design Team Procurement

Click here to download PDF 5.52MB The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board invited interested parties to a presentation introducing the Design Team Tendering Process on Monday 25 November. The presentation sets out the indicative details relating to the new children’s hospital which is planned for the St James campus

Limiting the Exposure of Young People to Alcohol Advertising – Annual Report 2011

Our task as a Monitoring Body is to oversee the implementation of and adherence to Voluntary Codes of Practice to limit the exposure of young people under the age of 18 years to alcohol advertising. As this Sixth Annual Report shows there was overall compliance in 2011 by television, radio, cinema, outdoor advertisers and newspapers

Healthy Ireland – A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013 – 2025

Healthy Ireland is a new national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of our country over the coming generation. Based on international evidence, it outlines a new commitment to public health with a considerable emphasis on prevention, while at the same time advocating for stronger health systems. It provides for new arrangements

Health Sector Children First Strategic Implementation Plan

Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2011) (referred to as Children First hereafter), is intended to assist people in identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect and deal effectively with concerns. It emphasises that the needs of children and families must be at the centre of child protection and welfare

Health In Ireland: Key Trends 2013

Health in Ireland, Key Trends 2013 provides summary statistics on health and health care over the past ten years. It also highlights selected trends and topics of growing concern and includes new data which has become available during the course of the year. An important objective is to assess ourselves and our progress in the

General Scheme of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill

The purposes of this Act are to : (a) reduce the appeal of tobacco and tobacco products, (b) increase the effectiveness of health warnings on tobacco products, and (c)reduce the ability of the packaging of tobacco and tobacco products to mislead consumers about the harmful effects of smoking in the public interest,by providing for the

National Drugs Strategy 2009-16: Implementation of Actions Progress Report End 2012

The National Drugs Strategy 2009-16 is a cross cutting area of public policy and service delivery. It is based upon a co-ordinated approach across the full range of Government Departments and Agencies involved in delivering drugs policy. The overall objective of the Strategy is to tackle the harm caused to individuals, families and communities as

The Path to Universal Healthcare – Preliminary Paper on Universal Health Insurance

Under Universal Health Insurance (UHI), people will have equal access to a single-tier health service based on need, not ability to pay. UHI will enable the health service to provide the services which deliver the best health outcomes for Irish citizens. This preliminary paper provides an update on work in relation to UHI as well

Money Follows the Patient – Policy Paper on Hospital Financing

These proposals represent an important first step in the process to transform the healthcare funding system so that it is truly patient-centred, value-focused and, thus, supportive of wider health sector objectives. The proposals focus on public treatment in public hospitals. However, they will be complemented by further policy development on a new charging regime for

National Carers’ Strategy Annual Report 2013

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Review of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme – Summary of Submissions

  When the Nursing Homes Support Scheme, A Fair Deal, was introduced in October 2009, a commitment was made that it would be reviewed after three years. The reason for allowing this period to elapse was to ensure that the Scheme had bedded in and that established and validated trends and statistics would be available

Drug use in Ireland and Northern Ireland, Bulletin 2

This bulletin presents key findings at a local level from the third drug prevalence survey of households in both Ireland and Northern Ireland. The bulletin presents results relating to drug prevalence on a lifetime, last year (recent) and last month (current) basis for illegal and other drugs including alcohol and tobacco for each Regional Drug

Your Guide to Healthy Eating Using the Food Pyramid

Do you want to feel good and have more energy? Do you want to maintain a healthy weight and help reduce your risk of becoming ill from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases? Eating healthy food and being physically active are two of the most important

Value for Money and Policy Review of Disability Services in Ireland

This Review is an evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of the HSE-funded statutory and non-statutory disability services in Ireland. It was conducted by the Department of Health and the HSE under the auspices of the Government’s programme of Value for Money Reviews for 2009-2011. It makes a range of recommendations about how these services

Minority report by the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland

The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) is the umbrella organisation for drinks industry manufacturers and suppliers. ABFI works to promote and support an environment that encourages the sustainable and responsible development of the alcohol beverage manufacturing sector in Ireland. The Irish drinks industry is a major national industry providing over 60,000 direct and indirect

Minority Report by Mature Enjoyment of Alcohol in Society Limited

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The Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study 2010

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Supplementary Report of the HIA to the Minister for Health, in accordance with Section 7E(1)(b) of the Health Insurance Acts, 1994-2009 (Redacted Version)

The purpose of this Supplementary Report is to advise on how the budgetary measures impact on the conclusions in relation to tax credits and stamp duty included in the Authority’s November 2011 Report. in doing so, we will assess the direct impacts and we will discuss some scenarios. However, the Authority’s advice in this area

Steering Group Report on a National Substance Misuse Strategy February 2012

Alcohol plays a complex role in Irish society. It is associated with many aspects of Irish social and cultural life and is generally consumed for enjoyment, relaxation and sociability. The pub often plays an important role in community life and is an attraction for tourists. More broadly, alcohol plays a significant role in the Irish

Review of Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Degree Programmes – Consultation Report

The Department of Health has commenced a review of the undergraduate nursing and midwifery degree programmes in order to establish their efficiency and effectiveness in preparing nurses and midwives to practice in the Irish healthcare system now and into the future (referred to as the Review throughout this report). The undergraduate degree programmes have been

Review of Current Policy for the Retention of Newborn Screening Cards

Dr James Reilly, Minister for Health requested the Health Service Executive to review the policy regarding the retention and disposal of Newborn Screening Cards (NSCs). The NSCs are an integral component of the National Newborn Bloodspot Screening Programme (NNBSP). The Minister had received representations concerning the archived NSCs stored by the National Newborn Bloodspot Screening

Report of the Review of Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Degree Programmes

Ireland has a strong reputation for delivering excellence in nursing and midwifery education and for providing highly qualified, competent and motivated nurses and midwives. Over the last ten years the educational system has undergone significant change, particularly with the move of undergraduate nursing and midwifery education into the universities and higher education sector. Click here

Report of the Expert Group on the Judgment in A, B and C V Ireland

In December 2009 the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) heard a case brought by three women in respect of the alleged breach of their rights under the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (the Convention) in regard to abortion in Ireland (the A, B and C v Ireland case).

Public Service Agreement 2010-2014 – Health Sector Action Plan 2012

This revised Action Plan is designed to support the delivery of the HSE’s 2012 National Service Plan by facilitating the fast-tracking of measures required to deliver essential health and personal social services across the country within the context of further reductions in funding and staff numbers. The implementation of the National Service Plan, approved by

Public Service Agreement – Revised Health Sector Action Plan- December 2012

The health service has been at the forefront in delivering significant change under the PSA. The substantial contribution already made by health service staff, especially during the period of concentrated retirements up to February 2012, is acknowledged and much appreciated by management. These changes are being achieved in what is a complex working environment with

National Carers’ Strategy

A key objective of Government policy for older people, children and adults with an illness or a disability is to support them to live in dignity and independence in their own homes and communities for as long as possible. Carers are vital to the achievement of this objective and are considered a backbone of care

Long Stay Activity Report for 2011

This report presents data collected through a survey of long-stay units in 2011. The aim of the survey is to provide statistics on the number of beds available for long-term care, how the beds are used and the types of patients who occupy these beds. In order to present the data this report has been

Interim Report of the Steering Group on the Review of the Mental Health Act 2001

There is a commitment in the Programme for Government to review the Mental Health Act 2001. In line with this, Minister Lynch appointed a Steering Group to review the Mental Health Act 2001. Their report is now with an Expert Group. The review takes accounts of the significant changes in thinking about the delivery of

Housing Strategy for People with a Disability 2011-2016 National Implementation Framework

The Government’s National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability was published in October 2011 by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government and the Department of Health. The strategy covers the period to 2016 and outlines the broad proposals and strategic objectives involved in effectively addressing the housing and related support needs

Health In Ireland: Key Trends 2012

Health in Ireland, Key Trends 2012 provides summary statistics on health and health care over the past decade. It also aims to highlight selected trends and topics of growing concern and to include new data where it becomes available.   Click here to download PDF 2.7mb

Future Dementia Care in Ireland: Sharing the Evidence to Mobilise Action

A major challenge facing societies across the world today is population ageing. The fact that people are living longer and the notable improvements in the overall quality of life and well-being of older people today needs to be celebrated. However, population ageing will inevitably result in an increase in disability and a very significant increase

Final Report of the National Narcolepsy Study Steering Committee

In August 2010 the Swedish pharmacovigilance authority reported that it was investigating six cases of narcolepsy reported by health care professionals as a possible adverse event following the use of Pandemrix vaccine, used during the H1N1 2009 pandemic. This was followed shortly by reports from the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) noting

Directive 2010/53/EU OF THE EU Parliament on standards of quality and safety of human organs intended for transplantation

Over the past 50 years organ transplantation has become an established worldwide practice, bringing immense benefits to hundreds of thousands of patients. The use of human organs (hereinafter ‘organs’) for transplantation has steadily increased during the last two decades. Organ transplantation is now the most cost-effective treatment for end-stage renal failure, while for end-stage failure

Department of Health Statement of Strategy 2011-2014

The Programme for Government sets out an agenda of fundamental change for our health services. The Department of Health must lead the implementation of Government policy and, in the course of the coming years, must also remodel itself to meet the challenges inherent in these radical changes. This Statement of Strategy outlines the high-level aims

Report of the Review Group on the National Children’s Hospital

The Review Group, led by Chairman Dr Frank Dolphin was appointed in March 2012 to advise the Minister for Health on the options for a new children’s hospital, following the refusal by An Bord Pleanála to give planning permission for the proposed National Children’s Hospital at a site on Eccles Street. Read the Report (PDF,

Creating Excellence in Dementia Care: A Research Review for Ireland’s National Dementia Strategy

Dementia is a progressive condition that largely affects older people, impacting on their memory, language, ability to communicate, mood and personality. The course of the illness may be gradual and sometimes subtle, as is classically the case in Alzheimer’s disease. While dementia is a medical condition, recent insights from the psychosocial, sociopolitical and public health

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