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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

Annual Report 2011

Undoubtedly, 2011 was a year of significant change in the health services. The general election brought a new Government and a new direction and policies in healthcare with a commitment to introduce Universal Health Insurance. The health system is being reformed so as to guarantee equal access to healthcare for all, achieved through a single-tier

Annual Output Statement 2012 For Health Group of Votes – 38 and 39

The overall aim of this Vote Group is to provide health and personal social services to improve the health and well being of the people of Ireland in a manner that promotes better health for everyone, fair access, responsive and appropriate care delivery and high performance. The money voted goes to the Department of Health

Action Report A, B, and C v. Ireland- Application no 25579/2005

Three applicants, A,B and C, all of whom had crisis pregnancies, brought proceedings against Ireland before the European Court of Human Rights claiming violations of Articles 2, 3, 8, 14 and 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights. 1.In its judgment delivered on 16 December 2010 the Grand Chamber determined that there had been

Action Plan A, B, and C v. Ireland

As required, Ireland submitted an Action Plan to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 30th November on the implementation of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the A, B and C v Ireland case. The Action Plan can be downloaded at this link: Click here to download

National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016 Progress Report 2012

The National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016 is to tackle the harm caused to individuals, families and communities by problem drug use and alcohol use through the five pillars of supply reduction, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and research. The progress achieved across the 63 Actions of the National Drugs Strategy by Government Departments and Agencies is reported here.

Long-Stay Activity Statistics 2012

This report presents data collected through a survey of long-stay units in 2012. 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

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Time to Move On from Congregated Settings: A Strategy for Community Inclusion

I am pleased to present the Report of the Working Group on Congregated Settings, which is the outcome and culmination of a very significant piece of data capture, research and analysis. The Report was initiated by the Primary, Community and Community Care Directorate in 2007 to develop a national plan and associated change programme for

Briefings for Minister Reilly and Fitzgerald as released for FOI

FOI decision for each document as per schedule Ireland has made very significant strides in relation to the health of its people in recent decades. People now live longer and with a greater quality of life than ever before. We have seen improvements in standards of living, education, health behaviours, access to and quality of

All Ireland Traveller Health Study: Our Geels – The Birth Cohort Study Follow Up

The birth cohort study was a one year follow-up of all Traveller babies born on the island of Ireland between 14th October 2008 and 13th October 2009. The mother had to self-identify as an Irish Traveller. The aim of study was to assess the health status of Traveller infants and their mothers, quantify health service

Towards a Restraint Free Environment in Nursing Homes

Equality, fairness, respect, dignity, autonomy and participation are core values that underpin human rights. In residential care settings for older people we require that human rights are positively incorporated into the reality of people’s lives. In 2009 the National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People were approved. At the heart of these

Report of Disability Policy Review

Click here to download PDF 1.67MB In order to inform the work of the Value for Money (VFM) Review of Disability Services, an Expert Reference Group was established comprising representatives from the DoH and HSE, disability agencies and representative groups. The Group conducted an extensive policy review and its Report is here. In essence, it

National Paediatric Hospital Independent Review

Click here to download Overview of the Report PDF 403KB Click here to download National Paediatric Hospital Independent Review: Financial Analysis PDF 4.95MB Click here to download National Paediatric Hospital Independent Review: Financial Analysis Vol II: Appendices PDF 16.12MB Click here to download National Paediatric Hospital Independent Review: Clinical Analysis PDF 415KB Click here to

Value for Money and Policy Review of the Economic Cost and Charges Associated with Private and Semi-Private Treatment Services in Public Hospitals – Final Report

This Value for Money and Policy Review (VFM&PR) of the Economic Cost and Charges Associated with Private and Semi-Private Treatment Services in Public Hospitals was initiated by the Department of Health and Children in June 2009 and was conducted under the auspices of the Government’s Value for Money & Policy Review Initiative 2009-2011. The Review

Value for Money and Policy Review of the Economic Cost and Charges Associated with Private and Semi-Private Treatment Services in Public Hospitals – Interim Report

This report sets out a revised costing methodology and an estimate of the gap which currently exists between private and semi-private bed charges and the average economic cost. While the Steering Group considers the costing methodology proposed as an improvement on the approach taken in previous years and a good overall approximation of the difference

State of the Nation’s Children – Ireland 2010

This is Ireland’s third biennial State of the Nation’s Children report. These reports,which provide the most up-to-date data on all indicators in the National Set of Child Well-Being Indicators, aim to: – chart the well-being of children in Ireland; – track changes over time; – benchmark progress in Ireland relative to other countries; – highlight

Research Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland 2003-2008.Review of Attainments

The Research Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland (Department of Health and Children, 2003) was a response to the Commission on Nursing’s (Government of Ireland, 1998: p114) suggestion that a national strategy be developed to guide and support the emerging need for the professions of nursing and midwifery to develop a research base as

Report to Secretary General on: Travel associated with Management – Union Partnership Activities, and in which Department officials participated, and Funding for Management -Union Partnership activities other than SKILL

Download this document as a PDF 58KB Also… Subsistence Allowances PDF 1.19MB Extracts from the Health Service National Partnership Forum’s Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2000 PDF 338KB Foreign Travel claims relating to Skills & Partnership PDF 13KB Details of Funding Provided to Nursing Unions from 12/6/2000 – 5/11/2004 PDF 360KB Partnership

Report of the Working Group on Sports Sponsorship by the Alcohol Industry

A Working Group was established by the Department of Health and Children to give effect to the Government Decision. The Terms of Reference for the Group were as follows: (a) To facilitate engagement among stakeholders, including representatives of the main sporting organisations in Ireland and representatives from the Irish alcohol industry, to record their views

Report of the State Claims Agency on Compensation for Thalidomide Survivors

The State Claims Agency has been requested by the Minister for Health and Children to assess the Irish Thalidomide Association’s request for additional compensation for survivors of Thalidomide against the backdrop of Irish and international provisions for survivors of Thalidomide and in the context of Irish case law and precedent and to advise the Minister

Proposed Model for Reference Pricing and Generic Substitution

Demographic changes over the next decade will have a significant impact on the demand for and the delivery of health care in Ireland. Pharmaceutical expenditure accounts for a large proportion of overall health care expenditure. In 2008 the Health Service Executive paid for approximately 65 million prescription items at a cost of over €1.9 billion.

Palliative Care For Children With Life-Limiting Conditions In Ireland- A National Policy

Having regards to – a) The best interests of children with life-limiting conditions and their families. b) Relevant national and international research, analysis and standards. c) The Report of the National Advisory Committee on Palliative Care (Department of Health and Children, 2001). d) The paediatric palliative care needs assessment ( Department of Health and Children,

Healthcare Waste Packaging Guidelines 2010

Click here to download PDF 420KB This document replaces the publication entitled Segregation Packaging and Storage Guidelines for Healthcare Risk Waste – 3rd edition, published in 2004.

All-Ireland Traveller Health Study

Summary of Findings (PDF 9.4mb) Alongside the executive summary above, this report is further broken into 3 technical reports and an appendix, which are available below. Because of their size, Technical Reports 2 and 3 are available in low-resolution format and are also broken into 4-part higher resolution versions. Technical Report 1 Technical Report 1

Women & Substance Misuse: Drug Misuse & Women’s Health in Ireland

Women have played an important role in highlighting the issues around the misuse of illegal drugs in this country. During the 1990s in Dublin’s disadvantaged inner city areas women organised direct action campaigns and anti-drug marches, which prompted government action to tackle the drugs problem (Murphy-Lawless, 2002). Although women were the ones to take action

Women & Substance Misuse: Alcohol & Women’s Health in Ireland

Ireland has always been stereotypically portrayed as a nation of heavy drinkers, and it is true that alcohol plays a central role in Irish culture. Alcohol is generally an integral part of Irish leisure activities and life events, with the pub acting as a hub of social life. It is perhaps unsurprising to learn, therefore,

Women & Substance Misuse in Ireland: An Overview

The WHC Strategic Plan for 2007-2009 identified the area of ‘Young Women and Alcohol’ as a topic for further investigation by the Council. The aim in the Strategic Plan was “to research the role of alcohol in the life of young women and its effect on their physical and mental health”. After an initial examination

Value for Money Report – The Efficiency and Effectiveness of Long-Stay Residential Care for Adults within the Mental Health Services

Executive Summary and Contents PDF 164kb Chapters 1 and 2 – Introduction and Service Objectives PDF 504kb Chapter 3 plus annexes – Service Effectiveness and Efficiency PDF 3.7mb Chapter 4 – Service Resources PDF 2.4mb Chapters 5, 6 and 7 – Future Funding and Alternative Approaches, Key Performance Indicators, Conclusions and Recommendations PDF 2.4mb Appendices

National Drugs Strategy 2009 – 2016

In late 2007, a review of the National Drugs Strategy 2001–2008 got underway. The overall objective of the review was to examine the progress and impact made under the current Strategy and to make recommendations for the period 2009–2016. National Drugs Strategy 2009 – 2016

Infertility and Its Treatments: A Review of Psycho-social Issues

Infertility is a medical and social condition that can cause considerable social, emotional and psychological distress. It is estimated to affect one in six couples in Ireland (CAHR, 2005); however, it is still a topic that is not widely discussed or for which help is easily accessible.This report aims to provide an overview of the

Gender-based Violence: a resource document for services and organisations working with and for minority ethnic women

The aim of this document is to give information,guidance and relevant contact details regarding gender-based violence (GBV) for services and organisations which are accessed by minority ethnic women and may be approached for support regarding GBV 1.This could include organisations workings with and for minority ethnic communities, women’s support groups and social service providers, such

14 principles of best practice for Service Delivery: An Interculturally Competent Approach to Meeting the Needs of Victims/Survivors of Gender-based Violence

Fourteen principles of best practice are presented here.Their adoption will ensure that the needs of minority ethnic women who experience gender-based violence are met in a way that is inter-culturally appropriate and sensitive to a range of inter-related factors.The aim of these principles of best practice is to provide relevant services a basis on which

End-of-Life Care for Older People in Acute and Long-Stay Care Settings in Ireland

The National Council on Ageing and Older People (NCAOP) and the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) are pleased to present this report, End-of-Life Care for Older People in Acute and Long-Stay Care Settings in Ireland. The report details the results of research that focuses, for the first time in Ireland, on the quality of life and

End-of-Life Care for Older People – Conference Proceedings

The purpose of this report on seminar proceedings is to provide a focused and accurate summary of the deliberations of the seminar. The main aim of the seminar was to provide a forum in which to consider the determinants of quality of life of older people at the end-of-life and to identify priority measures and

Health Bill 2008

AN ACT TO AMEND THE HEALTH ACT 1970, THE HEALTH CONTRIBUTIONS ACT 1979, THE SOCIAL WELFARE CONSOLIDATION ACT 2005 AND THE CIVIL REGISTRATION ACT 2004, TO MAKE PROVISION IN RELATION TO ELIGIBILITY FOR SERVICES UNDER 10 THE HEALTH ACT 1970 AND FOR LIABILITY FOR HEALTH CONTRIBUTIONS AND TO PROVIDE FOR MATTERS CONNECTED THEREWITH. Click here

Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland (2008)

This revised report on immunisation guidelines for Ireland has been prepared with the assistance of an active Committee from associated disciplines in Paediatrics, Infectious Diseases, General Practice, Public Health, Microbiology, Occupational Health, Travel Medicine and the Irish Medicines Board. The report itself continues to be simple and concise in design and of course does not

Liam Downey Letter to Minister for Health and Children

I refer to your letter dated 27th November 2007 requesting the Board to undertake an immediate review of the management of all events following the decision to suspend breast radiology service at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. The HSE Board met on 27th November, 2007 to consider this request. It decided to establish a Board

Long Stay Activity Report for 2006

This report presents data collected through a survey of long-stay units in 2006. 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

Medical Card for Over 70s: Fees payable to General Practitioners (Sullivan Report)

In the context of the Government decision to end the arrangements whereby medical cards are issued automatically, without a means test, to all those aged 70 and over, a new income threshold was set and the Government decided to introduce a new single capitation rate payable in respect of patients aged 70 and over. I

National Council on Ageing and Older People – Annual Report 2008

2008 was a year of change for the National Council on Ageing and Older People. In January the Government announced the establishment of the Office for Older People at the Department of Health and Children and that the Office would have a key role in progressing the Government’s agenda for older people. The decision provided

National Office of Suicide Prevention Annual Report 2007

Suicidal behaviour remains a significant public health problem in Ireland. Nearly 11,000 self harm presentations were made to our Emergency Departments in 2007. The latest year of occurrence data for 2005 shows the number of recorded suicides at 481, slightly lower than previous years. As our population has increased our overall rate of suicide has

National Therapy Research Strategy

The Expert Group Report on Various Health Professionals (2000) recommended that the Therapy Advisory Unit in the Department of Health and Children once established, take a lead role in determining how best to improve the quality of therapy services. The Therapy Advisory Unit was established in 2004 and advises the Minister on six therapy professions

Report of the Department of Health and Children to the Oireachtas Under Section 2 (5) of the European Union (Scrutiny) Act, 2002 – Jan to June 2008

Under the terms of the European Union (Scrutiny Act) 2002, Ministers submit reports to the Oireachtas every six months on developments at European Union level in their area of responsibility. This report summarises the key legislative and policy developments during the first six months of 2008. Slovenia held the Presidency of the European Union during

Report of the Implementation Group on Alcohol Misuse

The Implementation Group was formed to monitor and report on progress on the implementation of the recommendations contained in the report “Working Together to Reduce the Harms Caused by Alcohol Misuse’. This report was produced by a Working Group established under the Sustaining Progress Special Initiative on Alcohol and Drugs Misuse. The Working Group, which

Report of the Independent Body on Pharmacy Contract Pricing

On 18 February 2008 the Minister for Health and Children announced the appointment of an Independent Body to recommend a new, interim community pharmacy dispensing fee for the General Medical Service (GMS), Drugs Payment Scheme (DPS) and other community drug schemes. The Terms of Reference for the Independent Body on Pharmacy Contract Pricing are as

Report of the Interdepartmental Working Group on Long Term Care, 2006

This report was finalised by the working group at the end of 2005 and submitted to Government in January 2006. While the report’s proposals were not formally endorsed by Government, its analysis and recommendations have informed subsequent decisions, including the Fair Deal policy on Long-Term Nursing Home Care.The principles underpinning the report formed the basis

Report of the the National Health Consultative Forum 2008

The National Health Consultative Forum was convened by the Minister under Part 8 of The Health Act, 2004. This was the second National Health Consultative to be convened under the Act, to advise the Minister on matters relating to the provision of health and personal social services. The theme for the 2008 Forum, which was

SLÁN 2007: Dietary Habits of the Irish Population

The third national Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes and Nutrition (SLÁN) was conducted in 2007, following previous surveys in 1998 and 2002. The 2007 SLÁN survey involved a nationally representative sample of 10,364 respondents (62% response rate), of whom 9,223 (89%) completed a standard Willett Food Frequency Questionnaire adapted for use in the Irish population. Click

Second Report of the Alcohol Marketing Communications Monitoring Body (2007)

In December 2005, the Minister for Health and Children set up the Alcohol Marketing Communications Monitoring Body (the Monitoring Body) to oversee the implementation of and adherence to the Voluntary Codes of Practice to limit the exposure of young people to alcohol advertising. These Codes were agreed between the Department of Health and Children and

Slán 2007 Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes and Nutrition in Ireland

This is the third national Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes and Nutrition (SLÁN) in Ireland, conducted in 2007 using face-to-face interviews with adults aged 18 years or over, interviewed at home addresses. SLÁN 2007 follows on from two previous surveys using postal questionnaires – in 1998, involving 6,539 respondents with a 62% response rate, and in

Department of Health & Children: Statement of Strategy 2008 – 2010

During the period covered by our last Statement of Strategy, fundamental changes were made to the structures and organisation of our health services. Most notably, the Health Service Executive (HSE) was established, and given statutory responsibility to use the resources available to it in the most beneficial, effective, and efficient manner to improve, promote and protect the health

Tackling Chronic Disease – A Policy Framework for the Management of Chronic Diseases

Chronic diseases are recognised as a major health challenge. In the healthcare system, they represent the major component of service activity and expenditure, as well as the major contributor to mortality and ill-health in this country. Given the population projections which predict a doubling of the elderly population over the next 30 years, this will

Department of Health and Children Annual Report 2007

This Annual Report sets out the progress made in 2007 in implementing the Department’s Statement of Strategy 2005-2007.The maintenance of health, and the delivery of appropriate care to those who need it, when they need it, must be a key objective of Government.   Download document here

2nd Report of the Independent Monitoring Group on A Vision For Change

This is the Second Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Group for A Vision for Change the Report of the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy. The Monitoring Group was established in March 2006 to monitor and assess progress on the implementation of A Vision for Change. In this Second Report, the Monitoring Group has

Department of Health and Children Annual Output Statement 2008

The overall aim of this Vote Group is to provide health and personal social services to improve the health and well being of the people of Ireland in a manner that promotes better health for everyone, fair access, responsive and appropriate care delivery and high performance. The money voted goes to the Department of Health

HIV and AIDS Education and Prevention Plan 2008 – 2012

This report presents a 4-year plan for HIV and AIDS Education and Prevention in Ireland for the period 2008 – 2012. In developing this plan, the Education and Prevention Sub-Committee of the National AIDS Strategy Committee commissioned the National University of Ireland, Galway, to provide a review of: • international publications and policy developments; • the

Gender and Health: Strategies for Implemention – Seminar Proceedings

The recently published National Women’s Strategy (NWS) identified the need to incorporate a gender perspective into mainstream health policy, as well as implementing positive action measures to ensure that the health of women in this country is promoted and protected (Government of Ireland, 2007). The strategy also refers to the importance of gender as a

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting – A Literature Review

This report represents the result of two different strands of work by the Women’s Health Council. At the beginning of 2006, due to the recent signifi cant inward migration experienced in Ireland, the Council’s board identifi ed the promotion of the health of ethnic minority women as a key area of work in its strategic

Alcohol Marketing, Communications and Sponsorship Codes of Practice

In 2002 the Minister for Health and Children met with representative organisations from the Advertising Industry, the Association of Advertisers in Ireland (AAI), representing advertisers, the Institute of Advertising Practitioners in Ireland (IAPI), representing the advertising agencies and Drinks Industry Group Ireland (DIGI) representing the Alcohol Drinks Industry. The discussions centred on the Minister’s concerns

A Review of the Bio-medical Evidence on Breast, Ovarian and Cervical Cancer

This review aims to provide good quality, up-to-date biomedical evidence of the therapies available to women in Ireland to treat breast, cervical and ovarian cancer. This review summarises evidence from guidelines and high quality studies. It should be noted however that scientific evidence is not infallible, and knowledge in this field is constantly evolving. The

Fitzgerald Report

Management, Governance and Communications issues arising from the Review of Breast Radiology Services at Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise Download document here  

Doherty Report

On November 7th 2007 the Secretary General of the Department of Health and Children, Michael Scanlon, on behalf of his Minister, wrote to Professor Brendan Drumm, CEO requesting an urgent Report on the circumstances which led to the decisions by the HSE to: 1) Suspend the breast radiology service 2) Place the consultant radiologist on

Health in Ireland, Key Trends 2007

This booklet provides an overview of selected key trends in health in Ireland in recent years. Tables and graphs are presented which summarise information on demographics, on health status and on health care in order to give a quick reference guide in major areas of health and health services. The past decade has been a

National Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People

The Health Information and Quality Authority (the Authority) is the statutory agency with responsibility for developing standards for health and social care services, with the exception of mental health services, and then ensuring that the standards are being met. It is the function of the Authority to set the standards for residential care settings for

A Guide to Creating Gender-Sensitive Health Services – 2nd Edition

The Women’s Health Council is a statutory body established in 1997 to advise the Minister for Health and Children on all aspects of women’s health. Following a recommendation in the Report of the Second Commission on the Status of Women (1993), the national Plan for Women’s Health 1997-1999 was published in 1997. Click here to

Annual Output Statement 2007 For Health Group of Votes

The overall aim of this Vote Group is to provide health and personal social services to improve the health and well being of the people of Ireland in a manner that promotes better health for everyone, fair access, responsive and appropriate care delivery and high performance. The money voted goes to the of Health and

Annual Report of the Elder Abuse National Implementation Group, 2006

The specific function of the Elder Abuse National Implementation Group (EANIG) is to overview the implementation of Protecting Our Future (Department of Health and Children, 2002) by various government agencies and other bodies. Protecting our Future became official health policy in November 2002. The group met on four occasions during 2006. I would like to

Cardiovascular Disease In Women (Quality in Practice Committee)

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality in men and women on a global basis. CVD affects men and women equally but evidence suggests that it is neither diagnosed as readily, nor treated as effectively, in women. Click here to download PDF 1.7mb

Code of Practice on Fluoridation of Drinking Water 2007

Fluoridation of drinking water, the main aim of which is the prevention and control of dental caries (dental decay), commenced in Ireland in 1964 after the introduction of the Health (Fluoridation of Water Supplies) Act 1960. The Act provides that health authorities shall arrange for the fluoridation of public piped water supplies. The Act also

Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS) – Service Utilisation and Treatment Need (Lot 9)

Since 2002, following agreement between the Department of Health and Children and the GMS Payments Board, data from the DTSS payments database has been transferred routinely to the Oral Health Services Research Centre (OHSRC), in University College, Cork for analysis. Queries have been developed in the OHSRC to provide individual level data on the treatments

Department of Health and Children Corporate Business Plan 2007

This document sets out the broad business and role of the Department of Health and Children, and provides information on the Department’s Key Objectives and corresponding Key Performance Indicators for 2007. Click here to download PDF 223kb

Annual Report 2006

Annual Report on the Department’s Statement of Strategy 2005-2007. This year’s report outlines progress made by the Department on a range of varied issues and also provides an overview of the role of the Department. Click here to download PDF 572kb

First Annual Report of the Alcohol Marketing Communications Monitoring Body (2006)

In December 2005 the Minister for Health and Children set up the Alcohol Marketing Communications Monitoring Body (the Monitoring Body) to oversee the implementation of and adherence to the Voluntary Codes of Practice to limit the exposure of young people to alcohol advertising. These Codes were agreed between the Department of Health and Children and

First Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Group on “A Vision for Change”

In January 2006, the Government adopted the Report of the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy “A Vision for Change” as the basis for the future development of mental health services. In March 2006, the Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Mr Tim O’Malley, T.D., with special responsibility for mental health

Health Act 2007

AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A BODY TO BE KNOWN AS AN tU´ DARA´ S UM FHAISNE´ IS AGUS CA´ ILI´OCHT SLA´ INTE OR, IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, AS THE HEALTH INFORMATION AND QUALITY AUTHORITY AND OIFIG AN PHRI´OMH-CHIGIRE SEIRBHI´SI´ SO´ ISIALACHA OR, IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SOCIAL SERVICES

Influenza Pandemic Preparedness in Ireland Joint Assessment Report 2007

Evaluating the readiness of the European Union and its Member States for influenza are integral components of the overall process of improving overall pandemic preparedness in Europe. A starting point for improving pandemic preparedness was a workshop on preparedness planning organized jointly by the European Commission (EC) and WHO EURO in Luxembourg, March 2005. Click

Long-Stay Activity Report 2005

This report presents data collected through a survey of long-stay units in 2005. 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 2004, additional information on bed types was requested for

Lourdes Hospital Redress Scheme 2007

This Scheme arises from the findings and recommendations contained in the Report of The Lourdes Hospital Inquiry, January 2006, published by the Department of Health and Children on 28 February 2006. The object of this scheme is to provide compensation for patients of Dr. Michael Neary who underwent unnecessary obstetric hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy. Click

Medical Practitioners Act 2007

ACT FOR THE PURPOSE OF BETTER PROTECTING AND INFORMING THE PUBLIC IN ITS DEALINGS WITH MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS AND, FOR THAT PURPOSE, TO INTRODUCE MEASURES, IN ADDITION TO MEASURES PROVIDING FOR THE REGISTRATION AND CONTROL OF MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS, TO BETTER ENSURE THE EDUCATION, TRAINING AND COMPETENCE OF MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS, TO AMEND THE MEMBERSHIP AND FUNCTIONS OF

National Office of Suicide Prevention Annual Report 2006

Suicidal behaviour is a major public health problem in Ireland. In particular it is a significant cause of death among young men aged 18 – 35, while overall suicide rates in Ireland are lower than the EU average, youth suicide rates are fifth highest. Risk factors for suicide include depression, schizophrenia and alcohol but suicide

National Pandemic Influenza Plan

The purpose of this document is to tell you about pandemic influenza (flu), to explain what the Government and the health services are doing to prepare for a possible pandemic and most importantly, to advise you what you need to do if there is a pandemic. Click here to download PDF 614kb

North South Survey of Children’s Height, Weight and Body Mass Index, 2002.

As part of a North South Survey of Children’s Oral Health conducted in Ireland in 2001/’02 [1], the heights and weights of a representative sample of children and adolescents age 4-16 years was measured. Data were collected by 34 teams of trained and calibrated dentists and dental nurses for 17,518 children aged 4-16 in the

Oral Health of Irish Adults 2000 – 2002

Publication of the strategy document ‘Shaping a Healthier Future’1 marked a major milestone in the development of the health care delivery system in Ireland. The strategy was underpinned by three key principles: equity, quality of service and accountability. It was emphasised that the benefit to be derived from the health services should be measured in

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