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National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services – 8th Steering Group Meeting

The 8th meeting of the above was held on Monday 12th November 2018. The Steering Group received a presentation from representatives of Health Research Board Collaboration in Ireland for Clinical Effectiveness Reviews (HRB-CICER) on the proposed protocol for Evidence Based Synthesis. The Secretariat of the Review provided an update to the Steering Group in relation

Minister McGrath marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Minister of State with special responsibility for disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, today marked International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Since 1992, 3rd December has been annually observed as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The theme of this year’s day is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. “The theme of the

Health Ministers mark World AIDS Day – PrEP programme to be introduced in 2019

Minister for Health, Simon Harris and the Minister for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne have marked World AIDS Day by reaffirming their commitment to introducing a PrEP programme next year. Both Ministers welcomed the significant progress that has been made over the past number of years but acknowledged more must be done to reduce the number

ED Challenges on Winter Planning

The Minister for Health acknowledges the distress overcrowded EDs cause to patients, their families, and frontline staff working in very challenging working conditions in hospitals throughout the country. Hospitals are increasingly operating at or above capacity, with year-round demand pressures that are further challenged over the winter months. According to the latest information available, which

Minister for Health welcomes publication of 2018 National Patient Experience Survey results showing 84% of patients reporting a very good or good experience in hospitals

Minister for Health Simon Harris has welcomed the publication of the National Patient Experience Survey (NPES) 2018 results, detailing patients’ experience in our hospitals. 26,752 people who were discharged from hospital in May were invited to participate in the survey, the second of its kind in Ireland. In total, 13,404 people took part resulting in

Minister for Health publishes report on use of Transvaginal Mesh

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has today published the report from Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, on the clinical and technical issues associated with the use of Uro-Gynaecological Mesh (also referred to as Transvaginal Mesh Implants (TVMIs)).  Minister Harris had asked Dr Holohan to prepare a report in response to a number of

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and Minister for Older People Jim Daly have welcomed the allocation of an additional 550 additional home care packages over the winter period.

The Health Service Executive has commenced a range of measures to support older people’s transition from acute care before Christmas and into the new year. These measures include additional home care packages, aids and appliances and transitional care. Minister Harris said: “I had asked the HSE as part of its preparations for winter to focus

One Health 2018 – A Joint Approach for Healthcare and Veterinary Professionals: A One Health Event to mark European Antibiotics Awareness Day 2018

The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed T.D., and the Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D., today jointly welcomed the ‘One Health 2018: A Joint Approach for Healthcare and Veterinary Professionals’ Conference in the Convention Centre Dublin. This event is co-hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the Department of Health and the

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