Press Releases

Minister for Health launches Enhanced Care Model showing benefits for patients and staff

Family involvement and satisfaction increases 100% of staff trained €400k saving on agency staff Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today (Monday) launched the Final Report on the Enhanced Care Model, which is designed to change the way we deliver enhanced care, improve patient outcomes, reduce agency spend and increase job satisfaction for heath care

Minister Daly launches new Community & Voluntary Support Grant Scheme for Older People

Today (Monday 15th July), the Minister with responsibility for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly, TD launched a new Community and Voluntary Support Scheme. The Grant Scheme will be administered by the HSE. €1 million funding is being made available to community and voluntary groups to continue to support older people to stay well

New Policy on Advanced Nursing and Midwifery Practice Launched by Minister for Health, Simon Harris – Advanced Practitioner roles proven to deliver significant patient benefits – Plan to increase number of Advance Nurse Practitioners from 420 to 750

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today (Thursday) launched a new model for developing advanced nursing and midwifery practice with the publication of the policy document ‘The Development of Graduate to Advanced Nursing and Midwifery Practice.’ Minister Harris said the nursing and midwifery profession will be critical in implementing the Sláintecare health reform programme and

Minister for Health appoints Chair of the National Screening Committee

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has announced the appointment of Professor Niall O’Higgins as Chair of the National Screening Committee. The appointment follows an open competition for the position of chair. Professor O’Higgins brings a wealth of experience to the role. He was extensively involved in establishing a system of breast cancer services and

Minister for Health launches public consultation on access to contraception

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD launched a public consultation today (Tuesday) on increasing access to contraception. Earlier this year, Minister Harris established a Working Group to consider the policy, regulatory and legislative issues relating to enhanced access to contraception, following the recommendation of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment. The public consultation launched

Minister for Health publishes fifth report of the National Healthcare Quality Reporting System

stroke mortality rates at their lowest level ever heart failure and asthma hospitalisation rates below international averages benzodiazepine use in over 65s is higher than known international averages Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has today (Monday) welcomed the publication of the fifth annual report of the National Healthcare Quality Reporting System (NHQRS), which gives

Minister for Health welcomes the first meeting of the new HSE Board – Enhanced HSE governance and accountability marks a key Sláintecare deliverable 

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has met with the new HSE Board members today (Friday) prior to the inaugural meeting of the Board. This week, the Minister signed a commencement order for the Health Service Executive (Governance) Act 2019 which formally establishes the HSE Board with effect from 28th June 2019. To mark this, the

Cabinet approves publication of the CervicalCheck Tribunal Bill and Minister Harris announces an ex gratia payment of €20,000 for non-disclosure of the CervicalCheck audit

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, has received Cabinet approval to proceed with publication, in the coming days, of the CervicalCheck Tribunal Bill. The Tribunal will hear and determine claims arising from the retrospective CervicalCheck cytology clinical audit and from the Expert Panel Review of Cervical Screening, in particular in respect of the reading

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