Press Releases

Minister for Health makes neonatal Herpes a notifiable disease

Minister for Health Simon Harris has today (Tuesday) signed the Infectious Diseases (Amendment) Regulations 2018 into law, a key part of which is to make neonatal Herpes simplex virus a notifiable disease. Minister Harris signed the regulations in the presence of John and Louise Wills, who have advocated for this since the loss of their

Health Research Consent Declaration Committee

The Health Research Consent Declaration Committee website has now gone live. The Committee, to be appointed shortly by the Minister for Health under the Health Research Regulations 2018, will make decisions, in limited and specified circumstances, on applications from health researchers for a consent declaration where it is not practicable to obtain consent from data

NTPF Publication of Waiting List Figures for November 2018

The National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) have today (Thursday) published the waiting list numbers to the end of November. The figures show that the number of patients waiting for an inpatient or day case hospital procedure at the end of November was just under 71,000. Commenting on this month’s figures, Minister Harris said “Improving access

Minister for Health pays tribute to John Connaghan

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD wishes to pay tribute to John Connaghan, who has announced his intention to move on from his position as interim Director General of the Health Service Executive. Minister Harris thanked Mr Connaghan for his commitment and dedication to the role and wished him the best in his new position

Minister Harris publishes the Implementation Plan for the recommendations of Dr Gabriel Scally on the CervicalCheck Screening Programme

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has today published the Implementation Plan for the recommendations set out in Dr Gabriel Scally’s Report of the Scoping Inquiry into the CervicalCheck Programme, following a Government decision earlier today. This follows the acceptance by Government of all 50 recommendations of Dr Scally’s Final Report in September this year.

Minister Harris welcomes HIQA recommendation to proceed with HPV vaccine for boys

Minister was speaking as he attended EPSCO Council Meeting of EU Health Ministers in Brussels Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has welcomed the announcement by the Health Information and Quality Authority that the proposed extension of the HPV vaccination programme to boys will be both clinically and cost effective. The Minister thanked HIQA for

Minister Harris announces first ever Autism Plan for 2019

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD today (Wednesday 5th December) has confirmed the roll-out of a new autism plan next year.  Minister Harris published two reports on the prevalence of autism in Ireland and a review of the services for people with autism. The first report: “Estimating prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the

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