Press Releases

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

Minister Simon Harris announces launch of new helicopter emergency service for Munster

Service Level Agreement has been signed between the HSE and Irish Community Rapid Response for the launch of a new aeromedical service Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, announced today (Friday) that a new aeromedical service in the South will be launched in the coming weeks following the signing of a Service Level Agreement between

Ministers for Health Commit to Delivering a PrEP HIV Prevention Programme in the Autumn

Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne today (Friday) committed to implementing a PrEP HIV prevention programme in 2019, following the formal advice from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) that such a programme would be safe, effective and cost saving. Welcoming the advice from HIQA , Minister Harris

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