Press Releases

Minister for Health announces two additional HSE Board Members

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has today announced two new appointees to the Board of the HSE. The Board is currently meeting informally in advance of the Health Service Executive (Governance) Bill 2018 being enacted and commenced. It is anticipated that the legislation will commence in the second part of June. These positions,

Ministers launch Skin Cancer Policy and call on people to #ProtectYourSkin

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and Minister of State for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne TD have today launched the first skin cancer prevention plan for Ireland. The plan is aimed at tackling the most common type of cancer in Ireland. Over 11,000 cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year and the number of

National Treatment Purchase Fund Special Audit Programme 2018 published

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has today (Friday) noted the findings of the National Treatment Purchase Fund Special Audit Programme 2018, which have been published on the Department’s website. Under the NTPF Audit Programme 2018, nine hospitals were audited over the period January-November 2018. The NTPF audits provided limited assurance that hospital waiting lists

Improving access to Home Support – Statement from Minister Daly

Improving access to home support is a priority for the Government, and Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly TD, acknowledges concerns and queries raised in the past number of days in relation to home support services. Over the past four years the Government has overseen a considerable increase of nearly €140 million

Minister for Health welcomes Government approval to publish Human Tissue Bill

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has today welcomed the Government decision to approve the publication of the General Scheme of a Human Tissue (Transplantation, Post-Mortem, Anatomical Examination, and Public Display) Bill. The Bill will: regulate the removal, retention, storage, use and disposal of human tissue from deceased persons; provide general conditions for the removal,

HSE Delayed Discharges Implementation Group will mean better and safer outcomes for patients

Following the publication of the Report of the Independent Expert Review of Delayed Discharges the Minister with responsibility for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly requested that the HSE establish an appropriate multi-disciplinary structure to progress implementation of the recommendations. On foot of his request the HSE has established an Implementation Group, co-chaired by

Ministers Harris and Donohoe open new Primary Care Centre and publish progress report

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, and Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, today (Friday), announced the opening of the Summerhill Primary Care Centre (PCC) as part of Project Ireland 2040. A progress report on the rollout of Primary Care Centres nationwide was also published. Project Ireland 2040 is the

Taoiseach and Minister for Health confirm introduction of PrEP programme in 2019

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD today (Tuesday) welcomed the publication of a draft report by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) on the introduction of a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) programme aimed at preventing HIV. The report confirms PrEP is safe and highly effective at preventing HIV in people

Minister for Health Marks World Haemophilia Day 2019

Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D. has today marked World Haemophilia Day (Wednesday April 17th). He said: “Ireland can be very proud of the level of care provided to people with haemophilia and other bleeding disorders in Ireland. The services provided in our three Comprehensive Care Centres – the National Coagulation Centre in St. James’

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