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

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

Ministers Simon Harris and Catherine Byrne welcome the start of Men’s Health Week 2019

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and Minister for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne TD, today (Monday) welcomed the start of Men’s Health Week 2019. Co-ordinated by the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland, and running from Monday 10th June to Sunday 16th June (Father’s Day), the week aims to raise awareness of preventable health problems, support

Minister Daly launches the second Positive Ageing Indicators for Ireland report

Satisfaction with life and social connectedness remain high among older population, with level of medication a concern Key indicators for Irish Travellers and people with an intellectual disability identified for the first time Nine out of ten adults in Ireland aged over 56 years are confident they have a friend or relative they can rely

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’

Taoiseach and Health Ministers to launch 2019 Healthy Ireland campaign

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and Minister for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne TD have today (Monday) launched the 2019 Healthy Ireland campaign and announced funding of €1 million to boost community engagement on health and wellbeing in every county. Analysis by the Healthy Ireland Unit in the Department of

Ministers for Health announce new Jigsaw sites for Wicklow and Tipperary.

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and Minister for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly TD welcomed the commitment to open two new youth mental health services in Wicklow and in Tipperary. The Jigsaw projects have been approved as part of the significant new funding provided by Government to enhance all aspects of mental

Minister for Health Simon Harris launches Organ Donor Awareness Week

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has today launched Organ Donor Awareness Week 2019 and committed to bringing forward landmark legislation on organ donation next month. In 2018, there was a total of 274 transplants carried out and there was a record number of donating hospitals last year with donations occurring in 25 hospitals. Speaking

Taoiseach and Minister Harris welcome Introduction of Budget 2019 Health Measures

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, and the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, today welcomed a number of significant changes which will enable more people to access affordable health care. These changes were announced as part of Budget 2019 and will provide from April 1st for a: – €10 reduction in the monthly Drugs Payment Scheme

Minister for Health appoints Health Research Consent Declaration Committee

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has appointed 15 persons to the Health Research Consent Declaration Committee. The Consent Declaration Committee was provided for in Health Research Regulations made by the Minister under the Data Protection Act 2018. The Regulations provide for GDPR related safeguards for data subjects when their personal data are processed for

Minister for Health Publishes Review of Implementation Plan by Dr. Gabriel Scally

The Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has today published a review by Dr Gabriel Scally into the Department of Health’s Implementation Plan. Dr Scally’s report into CervicalCheck was published in September last year containing a number of recommendations. The Department subsequently published an Implementation Plan on December 11th.Following a request from Minister for Health,

Minister McGrath welcomes World Down Syndrome Day

The Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, today marked World Down Syndrome Day. World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day which has been celebrated all over the world since 2006. In welcoming the day, the Minister said that the aim of the day is to further create a

Minister for Health pays tribute to Laura Brennan

The Minister for Health Simon Harris has paid tribute to Laura Brennan, who has sadly passed away. Minister Harris said “I am deeply saddened to learn of Laura’s passing. Laura was an incredible young woman and a powerful campaigner. Despite her illness, she continued her advocacy and thanks in no small part to her sheer

Minister for Health Publishes Sláintecare Action Plan 2019

Minister for Health Publishes Sláintecare Action Plan 2019 outlining approach for delivery of Sláintecare and milestones to be achieved by the end of the year. Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has today published the Sláintecare Action Plan 2019, outlining the project management structures and governance approach for the 10-year implementation of Sláintecare and the

Minister for Health announces CervicalCheck non-disclosure ex-gratia Scheme

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has announced the establishment of an ex-gratia scheme for women affected by the non-disclosure of the Cervical Check audit. Minister Harris secured Government approval to proceed with the scheme, which will be open to all women, or their next of kin, in the 221 cohort identified from the retrospective clinical

Drug Related Deaths Figures highlight the importance of a public health approach to drug and alcohol misuse – Minister Catherine Byrne

Press Release Friday 8th March 2019 Drug Related Deaths Figures highlight the importance of a public health approach to drug and alcohol misuse – Minister Catherine Byrne Noting the publication today of the National Drug Related Deaths Index, the Minister for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne, T.D. said; “The 2016 figures

Minister Catherine Byrne announces additional funding of €1million for implementation of the National Drugs Strategy

The Minister of State with responsibility for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne TD, today announced additional funding of €1 million for implementation of the National Drugs Strategy; ‘Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery; a health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland, 2017-2025’. The funding, which will be provided on an annual

Minister Byrne launches Tobacco Free Fingal: A Toolkit for a Tobacco-Free Community

The Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne, today launched ‘Tobacco Free Fingal’, a toolkit that will assist communities in the Fingal area to implement and maintain a tobacco-free facility policy. The development of the toolkit was led by Empower, a local development company in Fingal, with support from the HSE’s Health Promotion and

Minister for Health welcomes establishment of oversight group to implement new model of public health medicine – Recommendation contained in Crowe Horwath and Scally Reports

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has welcomed the establishment of a Group to oversee the implementation of a new model of public health medicine. The group was established following publication of the Crowe Horwath Report on the Role, Training and Career Structures of Public Health Physicians in Ireland in December. The Implementation Oversight Group,

Minister for Health appoints the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Registration Board

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has appointed the thirteen members of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Registration Board, under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005. The appointments took effect from 25 February 2019. The Counsellors and Psychotherapists Registration Board will seek to protect the public by fostering high standards of professional conduct, education,

Minister Harris welcomes the report of the Independent Review Group

Minister Harris welcomes the report of the Independent Review Group established to examine the role of voluntary organisations in health and social care New dialogue process to be established The Minister for Health today (Thursday) announced the publication of the report of the Independent Review Group established to examine the role of voluntary organisations in

Rare Disease Day – 28th February, 2019

The 12th annual Rare Disease Day will take place on Thursday 28th February, 2019 and is aimed at raising awareness amongst the general public and decision makers about rare diseases and their impact on patient’s lives. The theme of Rare Disease Day 2019 is, ‘Bridging Health and Social Care,’ and will be marked with an

Ministers publish first set of data on gambling in Ireland

· Two-thirds of population have gambled in last 12 months · Lottery tickets and scratch cards most common form of gambling · Data will provide baseline to assist in policy formation and future action The Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drug Strategy, Catherine Byrne TD and The Minister of State for

Ministers Jim Daly and Damien English launch policy statement:“Housing Options for our Ageing Population” -Increased Options and More Choice for People as they Age-

  Mr Jim Daly TD, Minister for Mental Health and Older People with Mr Damien English TD, Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal together today (27 February 2019) launched the Joint Policy Statement “Housing Options for our Ageing Population” The Statement reaffirms the strong Government commitment to policies that support older people to live in

Minister for Health has announced his intention to appoint Mr Fred Barry as Chairperson of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

Tuesday 5th February 2019 The Minister for Health Simon Harris has announced his intention to appoint Mr Fred Barry as chairperson of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board. Mr Barry is a former chairperson of the National Roads Authority and has vast experience in managing complex projects. Speaking today, Minister Harris said: “I want to

National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026 Implementation Report 2018

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D., today, World Cancer Day, launched the first implementation report on the National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026. The report sets out the progress achieved on the implementation of the 52 recommendations of the Strategy and the degree to which the key performance indicators are being met. “This Report highlights key

Ministers for Health and Agriculture publish report on antimicrobial use and resistance

The Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have today (Thursday) published the Ireland – One Health Report on Antimicrobial Use & Antimicrobial Resistance. This report provides for the first time a snapshot of the antimicrobial use (AMU) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in both humans and food-producing animals in Ireland.

Minister for Health Appoints HSE Board Members on an Administrative Basis

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D., has today announced eight new appointees to the Board of the HSE. The Board will be appointed on an administrative basis until the legislation has passed. These positions were advertised through the State Board process operated by the Public Appointments Service. They will join Ciarán Devane, announced as

Establishment of the Cancer Patient Advisory Committee

National Cancer Strategy 2017 – 2026 The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, today welcomed the establishment of a Cancer Patient Advisory Committee. “Today’s first meeting of the Cancer Patient Advisory Committee marks a further step in the implementation of National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026,” said the Minister. “I look forward to the Committee providing input

In Case You Missed It – Developments in Health Policy during 2018

31st December 2018 Over the past twelve months the Department of Health has developed a range of policies and regulations to improve our overall Health Service. Below is a list of some developments made over the course of 2018. February 2018 A Trauma System for Ireland: Estimates suggest Ireland is likely to have 1,600 major

Health in Ireland: Key Trends 2018

Irish People are living longer, healthier lives, though access to healthcare remains an issue Department of Health publishes Health in Ireland: Key Trends 2018 [click here to view/download the full report]  27 December 2018. Life expectancy in Ireland has increased by almost two and a half years since 2006, with male life expectancy consistently higher

Healthy Ireland Outcomes Framework, which will measure drivers of population health and wellbeing, published by Ministers Harris and Byrne

The Healthy Ireland Outcomes Framework, which will provide a basis for measuring progress on improving the health and wellbeing of the population, was published today by Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister of State for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne. This Outcomes Framework is a key action in the implementation of Healthy Ireland, as well

Ministers welcome publication of the HSE National Service Plan 2019

Minister for Health Simon Harris and Ministers of State Finian McGrath, Jim Daly and Catherine Byrne have today welcomed the publication of the HSE National Service Plan for 2019. Welcoming the publication of the 2019 service plan, Minister Harris said: The National Service Plan being launched today is a continued sign of the investment taking

Department of Health publishes Crowe Horwath Report on Public Health Medicine

The Department of Health today (Thursday) published the Crowe Horwath Report on the Role, Training and Career Structures of Public Health Physicians in Ireland. Review and reform of the Specialty of Public Health Medicine is a key part of ensuring continuous improvement of the health system. A reformed and strengthened Specialty should contribute to implementation

Government announces the establishment of an independent statutory Tribunal to deal with claims arising from CervicalCheck

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today (Wednesday) announced the Government has agreed to establish an independent statutory tribunal to deal with claims arising from CervicalCheck. The Minister secured Government approval to prepare legislative proposals as a matter of priority, but the Government acknowledged this will take time to establish. The Cabinet approved the appointment

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

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

Ministers Jim Daly & Damien English host Expert Conference on Housing for Older People

Mr Jim Daly TD, Minister for Mental Health and Older People together with Mr Damien English TD, Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal today (20th November 2018) hosted an Expert Conference on Housing for Older People at Farmleigh House, Dublin. The purpose of the Conference was to bring together experts who are working to provide

Minister Harris welcomes the passing of the Children’s Health Bill through the Oireachtas and early establishment of Children’s Health Ireland

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, today welcomed the passing of the Children’s Health Bill 2018 through the Oireachtas. The Bill provides for the establishment of a single statutory entity, Children’s Health Ireland, to provide paediatric services and take over responsibility for the services currently provided by the existing three Dublin children’s hospitals, Our

Minister for Health speaks at National Convention of Older Person’s Councils

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD spoke today at the National Convention of Older Person’s Councils in Co Wicklow. The event brings together a diverse group of older people and Age Friendly practitioners from across the country to discuss the various challenges they face and significantly the progress made over the last year. The ageing

Minister for Health signs 23 sections of the Public Health Alcohol Bill into effect.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has signed the order to commence 23 sections of the Public Health Alcohol Bill into operation.The legislation, which was passed overwhelmingly by the Oireachtas last month, legislates for alcohol as a public health priority. From November 12th next year (2019): alcohol advertising in or on public service vehicles, at public transport

Minister for Health opens 3rd Annual Conference of All Ireland Congenital Heart Disease Network – Construction of four new paediatric intensive care beds approved

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today (Friday ) officially opened the third Annual Conference of the All-Island Congenital Heart Disease Network and announced the approval of a four-bed extension to the paediatric intensive care unit in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin to support the development of the network which provides cardiac care to children

Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D has welcomed the Government decision to join a European research group on clinical trials

Mr Harris secured Cabinet approval this week for Ireland to become a member of a European Research Infrastructure Consortium, namely the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN). ECRIN supports the conduct of clinical research across countries in Europe and provides its members with a range of supports and services, including facilitating the preparation and implementation

Inaugural meeting of Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council

Establishment of Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council is a very important milestone in the implementation of Sláintecare – Minister Harris Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, speaking today (Wednesday) at the inaugural meeting of the Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council, said that the establishment of the Council was a very important milestone in implementing Sláintecare. The Council

Launch of Healthy Ireland Survey 2018

Estimated 80,000 fewer smokers. Where you live impacts your health. Binge drinking still a problem. Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne TD today launched the annual Healthy Ireland Survey, funded by the Department of Health and conducted by Ipsos MRBI. Prevalence of smoking has dropped from 23% in 2015 to 20% in 2018

Minister Daly launches the second National Positive Ageing Strategy Stakeholder Forum

This morning (Wednesday) Minister for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly TD launched the second National Positive Ageing Strategy Stakeholder Forum. On foot of the successful Stakeholder Forum held last year, the Department of Health held the second annual forum. On the day the Department aimed to identify, through the engagement of stakeholder groups,

Minister opens the 3rd National Patient Safety Office (NPSO) Conference in Dublin Castle

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD today (Wednesday) opened the third National Patient Safety Office (NPSO) Conference in The Printworks, Dublin Castle. This year’s conference focused on the importance of communication and to highlight the value of dialogue between patient and medical professionals. Addressing over 400 attendees, including health professionals, health service managers and patient

Minister for Health publishes the report of Mr Justice Charles Meenan on an alternative system for dealing with claims arising out of CervicalCheck

The Minister for Health Simon Harris has today published the report of Mr Justice Charles Meenan on an alternative system for dealing with claims arising out of CervicalCheck. Judge Meenan was tasked by Government in August with identifying further mechanisms to avoid adversarial court proceedings for the women and families affected by the CervicalCheck issues. The Judge’s

NTPF Publication of Waiting List Figures for September 2018

The National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) have today (12 October 2018) published the waiting list numbers to the end of September . The waiting list data published by the NTPF includes details on patients who are waiting for an inpatient, day case or outpatient appointment at the end of September. Details on the number of patients

Minister for Health meets with Dr Gabriel Scally

Minister for Health Simon Harris has met with Dr Gabriel Scally this afternoon. The Minister has asked Dr Scally to provide the independent review of the implementation plan recommended in his report. Dr Scally will also be carrying out further work in relation to the laboratories. Minister Harris said: “I was pleased to meet Dr

Health Ministers mark World Mental Health Day

Ministers for Health Simon Harris, Jim Daly and Catherine Byrne marked World Mental Health Day today (Wednesday). This year’s theme for World Mental Health Day is “young people and mental health in a changing world”, with a focus on raising awareness among adolescents and young adults of ways to look after their mental health.  

Minister for Health welcomes campaign to select members of the HSE Board

Minister for Health Simon Harris welcomes the commencement of the campaign to select members for appointment to the HSE Board. The Public Appointments Service will oversee this process. Details of how to apply for these positions are available on the Stateboards.ie website. The process begins as the Minister introduces the legislation to establish the HSE board

Sláintecare top priority in health budget 2019; investment & improved access to GP services; more help for families & older people with health costs – Health Ministers

€75 million funding for NTPF to reduce waiting lists further €55 million additional funding for mental health Funding for 100 therapy posts to address assessment of need waiting lists Implementation of health-led national drugs strategy a priority Minister Simon Harris and Ministers of State Finian McGrath, Jim Daly and Catherine Byrne have welcomed the significant

Ministers to meet with management of Lakers service next week after fire damage

The Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister of State with special responsibility for disabilities Finian McGrath are to meet with management of the Lakers Service next week. Services for more than 400 people with special needs have been suspended due to the damage caused by a fire. On Friday, Minister Harris met with the

National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services Steering Group – 7th Meeting

The 7th meeting of the National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services Steering Group was held on Friday 28th September 2018. The Steering Group received presentations from representatives of the Private Hospitals Association and Professor Peter Kearney from the European Society of Cardiology on the Atlas of Cardiology. The Secretariat of the Review provided an update

Minister Byrne welcomes passing of historic Public Health Alcohol Bill through the Dáil

Thursday 4th October 2018 The Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne TD, has welcomed the passing of the Public Health Alcohol Bill in the Dáil yesterday evening. “This groundbreaking Bill was introduced under the Healthy Ireland framework to improve our nation’s health. It is the first ever piece

Minister for Health welcomes HIQA’s work on the introduction of a PrEP programme

Minister for Health Simon Harris has welcomed HIQA’s work on the introduction of a PrEP programme for populations at substantial risk of sexual acquisition of HIV. The Health Information Quality Authority was asked by the Government to carry out a Health Technology Assessment of introducing a Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) programme in Ireland. The aim is

Minister for Health welcomes appointment of Dr Peter Boylan to assist with preparations for the implementation of arrangements for termination of pregnancy and related services

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has welcomed the appointment by the Health Service Executive of Dr Peter Boylan to assist with their preparations for the implementation of arrangements for termination of pregnancy and related services. Dr Boylan’s role will include consultation with key stakeholders and communications relevant to the services on behalf of the

Minister Simon Harris announces membership of Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council

Wednesday 3rd October 2018 Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has today, Wednesday 3rd October, announced the membership of the Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council. The advisory council will have 23 members from a range of backgrounds, including a number of medical professionals, experts and patient advocates. Announcing the membership, the Minister said, “The Sláintecare Implementation

Ministers welcome launch of National Breastfeeding Week 2018

Monday 1st October 2018 Minister for Health Simon Harris TD, and Minister of State for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne TD today welcomed the launch of National Breastfeeding Week 2018. “Breastfeeding is important for the health of mothers as well as babies and young children”, said Minister Harris. “It is important that we protect, promote and

Minister for Health welcomes Oireachtas committee on Health’s pre-legislative examination of Patient Safety Bill

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD welcomes the Oireachtas committee on Health’s pre-legislative examination of the Patient Safety Bill, which began this morning. This legislation will provide for mandatory open disclosure in respect of serious patient safety incidents. The Patient Safety Bill will also provide for mandatory reporting of serious events to the appropriate regulatory

Cancer Patient Advisory Committee Call for Expressions of Interest for Membership

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, today sought expressions of interest for membership of a Cancer Patient Advisory Committee. “The establishment of the Cancer Patient Advisory Committee marks a further step in the implementation of National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026” said the Minister. “The Cancer Patient Forum was a major feature of the development of

Minister for Health marks Mouth Cancer Awareness Day

Each year in Ireland around 700 people are diagnosed with mouth, head or neck cancer; this mainly affects older men but can also affect women and younger people. Speaking today (Wednesday), Minister for Health Simon Harris TD said “I would encourage everyone to take note of the key messages around Mouth Cancer Awareness Day. It

Minister for Health launches HPV Vaccine Information Campaign

Minister Harris, acknowledging the ongoing work of the HSE to promote HPV immunisation and counteract misinformation, said “I am pleased to see the large increase in uptake of the HPV vaccine which reflects the work carried out across the medical community, including school vaccination teams, GPs and pharmacists, to provide accurate and trusted information. The

Minister Harris welcomes decision to defer industrial action by Section 39 workers

“I welcome the deferral of industrial action by SIPTU and I’m pleased that key healthcare services will not be disrupted on Tuesday. It is recognised that Section 39 agencies provide vital services to often the most vulnerable in our society. I also welcome the reconvening by the Workplace Relations Commission of talks on the issues

Drugs survey reveals that levels of recent drug use has risen slightly

Recent levels of all illegal drug use have risen in Ireland by 1.9% between 2010/11 and 2014/15. Today’s findings are revealed in the study “Drug Use in Ireland and Northern Ireland”, arising from data collected in the fourth Drug Prevalence Survey. Results released today relating to Cannabis, Polydrug and New Psychoactive Substance use and Prescription

Emergency Department Taskforce Unscheduled Care Forum “Perspectives from the Frontline”

The Emergency Department (ED) Taskforce Unscheduled Care Forum “Perspectives from the Frontline” took place at Dublin Castle on 4 September 2018. The purpose of the forum was to provide front-line staff from across the health care services with the opportunity to share their views, experiences and suggestions on how further improvements in managing the unscheduled

Minister Daly congratulates Leaving Certificate students and asks them to take care of their mental health

Minister for Mental Health Jim Daly today (Wednesday) congratulated all the students collecting the results of their Leaving Certificate. Minister Daly said “I would like to congratulate all the students who received their Leaving Certificate results today. Completing the Leaving Cert is a significant achievement, irrespective of results. This, fortunately, will be a very happy

Reminder – Have your Say on the National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services

A public consultation by the Department of Health on behalf of the National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services is currently underway. The deadline for the submission of responses is 1 p.m. on Friday 17th August. The link to complete the consultation questionnaire is available at https://health.gov.ie/consultations/ Responses to the consultation will help the Steering Group

Minister Harris publishes Sláintecare Implementation Strategy marking important milestone towards delivering health reform

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, today published the Sláintecare Implementation Strategy. This marks the latest in a series of important milestones towards delivering a programme of health reform arising from the Sláintecare report. Minister Harris said “The Sláintecare Report sets out a vision for the future of healthcare over a ten-year period. Since

New initiative will see 250 extra cataract procedures in Nenagh this year and up to 10 times that next year – Minister Simon Harris

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, T.D., today (Thursday) welcomed the opening of a stand-alone high-volume consultant-led cataract theatre by the University of Limerick Hospital Group in Nenagh Hospital, as part of the Government’s Waiting List Action Plan. Minister Harris said “I am determined to tackle waiting lists. I sought a particular focus on reducing waiting

Ministers Harris and Byrne announce strengthening of the Healthy Ireland programme

New Outcomes Framework to be published, as recommended by Sláintecare Minister for Health, Simon Harris and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Catherine Byrne, today (Thursday) announced a strengthening of the Healthy Ireland programme. The Government has approved the publication of an Outcomes Framework for Healthy Ireland and the establishment of an enhanced

National Public Health Emergency Team held their 20th meeting today

The National Public Health Emergency Team on Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) held their 20th meeting today, 26th July 2018. Items discussed at the meeting included an update from the HSE Implementation Team and the latest HPSC CPE Surveillance Report which will be available online shortly. The latest figures from the National CPE Reference Laboratory were presented

Minister for Health Simon Harris Announces Pause in the Use of Transvaginal Mesh Devices

The Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has announced today (Tuesday 24th July 2018) that the Department’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) has requested the Health Service Executive (HSE) to pause the use of all procedures involving transvaginal mesh devices for the management of Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) or Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) in HSE funded hospitals,

Changes to the Treatment of Farms and Businesses under the Fair Deal Scheme

The Minister of State with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People, Mr Jim Daly TD, is pleased to announce that the Government has approved a proposal to change the treatment of farms and businesses under the Nursing Home Support Scheme, also known as the Fair Deal. A review of the Nursing Homes Support

Minister Harris welcomes the commencement of a national public consultation process by HIQA on extending the HPV vaccination programme to include boys

Minister for Health Simon Harris, today (Tuesday) welcomed the commencement of a national public consultation process by the Health Information and Quality Authority on extending the HPV vaccination programme to include boys. The HPV vaccine is currently offered to girls in their first year of secondary school. Minister Harris said, “I requested HIQA to undertake

Minister for Health launches new online information repository on Medical Cannabis

The Minister for Health Simon Harris today (Tuesday) published a new online repository of information on medical cannabis on the Department of Health’s website. The repository provides detailed information for doctors and patients on the existing Ministerial medical cannabis licence scheme, the Medical Cannabis Access Programme currently under development,  and relevant legal and policy overviews

Minister McGrath launches the report of the Task Force on Personalised Budgets

Minister McGrath today published the Report of the Task Force on Personalised Budgets “Towards Personalised Budgets for People with a Disability in Ireland”. The report sets out how personalised budgets could work as a funding mechanism for people with a disability, providing them with greater choice and control over the services and supports they receive.

The Department of Health is Moving

The Department of Health is moving location over two weekends – this weekend Friday 13th – Sunday 15th July and next weekend Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd July. All efforts are being made to maintain business as usual but there may be some disruption to normal service. With effect from Monday 23rd July the address

Statement from the Department of Health re the appointment of Laura Magahy as Executive Director of Sláintecare

The appointment of Laura Magahy as Sláintecare Executive Director follows a rigorous and competitive public application process, which was managed independently by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) on behalf of the Department of Health. The post was advertised on January 12th 2018. A national and international executive search formed past of the recruitment process, prior

Minister Harris gets Government approval for legislation which will provide for the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy in Ireland

Minister for Health Simon Harris, today (Tuesday) received Government approval for the legislation which will provide for the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy in Ireland, following the passing of the Referendum in May. Minister Harris said “I had committed to bringing the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018 to Government this week and

Minister Harris encourages submissions to new expert group considering alternative mechanism to the court process for resolving clinical negligence claims

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD is encouraging all those with views on alternative mechanisms to the court process for resolving clinical negligence claims, to make submissions to the new Expert Group. The group, chaired by High Court Judge, Mr Justice Charles Meenan, is reviewing the law of torts and the current system for the

Government approval to publish the Children’s Health Bill 2018 – Important step on the road to making the new children’s hospital a reality

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, today announced the Government’s approval for the publication of the Children’s Health Bill 2018. The Minister said “I am very pleased that Government has approved the publication of this significant Bill. With this legislation, we take yet another important step on our way towards the new children’s hospital. I look

Minister Harris announces Government approval for Patient Safety Bill

Minister Harris announces Government approval for Patient Safety Bill which provides in law for the mandatory open disclosure of serious reportable patient safety incidents.  Bill also extends HIQA’s powers to the private sector. Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has today (Thursday) announced Government approval for the Patient Safety Bill (see link to General Scheme below). Minister

Minister Daly confirms appointment of 10 new ANP’s to mental health services

Jim Daly TD, Minister for Mental Health, held a special meeting this week (Tuesday, 3 July 2018) with the nine Chief Officers of the HSE to review existing CAMHS provision, and to see how this might be strengthened in the future. This initiative by the Minister complements the regular meetings he has with mental health specialists within the HSE.  There has been a significantly increased demand on the CAMHS service nationally since 2012. There has, for example, at local level in one area been increased funding for

4th Annual Report of the National Healthcare Quality Reporting System gives overview of our health service

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, today (Wednesday) welcomed the publication of the fourth annual report of the National Healthcare Quality Reporting System (NHQRS), which gives an overview of our health service. Minister Harris said: “Transparency and regular reporting of information on the performance of our health service is vitally important to informing decisions that service

National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services – Steering Group

The 6th meeting of the National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services Steering Group was held on Friday last, the 29th June 2018. The Steering Group received a presentation on the Hospital In-Patient Enquiry (HIPE) system from the Health Pricing Office on its operation and its quality control processes. The Secretariat of the Review then provided

Minister Byrne announces €1 million in once-off funding for addiction services in Q4 of 2018

Speaking during Statements on implementing the National Drugs Strategy ‘Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery; A health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025’ in the Dail yesterday (28th June), the Minister of State with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne TD announced Government funding of €1 million for Q4 of 2018 to

Healthy Ireland Summer Campaign 2018

  Schools out and the sun is out too…… Here’s to a healthy and fun Summer together…. – Why not make this Summer one you and your family will remember forever?   There’s nothing like the buzz of a family experiencing activities, adventures and excitement together and building Summertime memories. The long school break and

New guideline launched to improve the quality and safety of treating Type 1 Diabetes

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, today (Monday) launched a new guideline aimed at improving the quality and safety of treating Type 1 Diabetes. The National Clinical Effectiveness Committee Guideline is the first to be developed in Ireland using the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) contextualisation process; whereby a recent NICE guideline

Minister Harris signs international agreement aimed at securing affordable and timely access to new medicines for Irish patients

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has today (Friday) signed an agreement to work with Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg to secure affordable and timely access to new medicines for Irish patients. The agreement to join the existing Beneluxa Initiative on Pharmaceutical Policy was signed at the EPSCO Council of Ministers meeting in Luxembourg. Speaking

National Public Health Emergency Team held their 19th meeting today

The National Public Health Emergency Team on Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) held their 19th meeting on Thursday 14th June 2018. Items discussed at the meeting included an update from the HSE Implementation Team and the latest HPSC CPE Surveillance Report which will be available at this link shortly. The latest figures from the National CPE Reference

Campaign underway to select Chairperson for new HSE Board

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has welcomed a new recruitment campaign to select a Chairperson for the new HSE Board. Minister Harris said “It’s clear that the current HSE structure does not provide adequate governance, as I outlined to the Sláintecare committee, and as has been reflected in the report. A key response to

Minister for Health publishes first findings of the Scally Inquiry into CervicalCheck and accepts important recommendations to support women

The Minister for Health Simon Harris has today (Tuesday) published the first findings of the Scally Inquiry, established into the CervicalCheck Screening Programme, and accepted their recommendations. The findings are contained in two reports provided to the Minister by Dr Gabriel Scally – a report he has completed on one of the terms of reference

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD launches Healthy Ireland Summer 2018 campaign

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, with Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and Minister of State for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne TD, launched the Government’s Healthy Ireland Summer 2018 campaign in the Phoenix Park today. The Healthy Ireland 2018 campaign seeks to encourage people to get out and get active together this summer – whether

Minister Byrne welcomes international interest in Ireland’s Active School Flag Programme

Minister for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne today welcomed a delegation from a number of European countries to learn more about Ireland’s Active School Flag programme. The Active School Flag is an initiative of the Department of Education and Skills, supported by Healthy Ireland, and is awarded to schools that aim to achieve a physically educated

Public Consultation launched on Personal Possession of Illegal Drugs

A public consultation has today (31st May) been launched on the possession of illegal drugs for personal use. The consultation seeks the views of the public on the effectiveness of the current law and on what alternatives could be considered. The purpose of this public consultation is to inform the deliberations of a Government Working

National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services – Public Consultation

On behalf of the National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services, the Department of Health has launched a public consultation today (Wednesday). The link to complete the consultation questionnaire is available at https://health.gov.ie/consultations/ and the consultation is open until 5 p.m., Friday 17th August. Responses to the consultation will help the Steering Group in making appropriate

National Public Health Emergency Team held their 18th meeting today

The National Public Health Emergency Team on Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) held their 18th meeting on Thursday 24th May 2018. Items discussed at the meeting included an update from the HSE Implementation Team. The latest figures from the National CPE Reference Laboratory were presented to the group. In the two-week period from 7th to 20th May

Minister Harris signs order to regulate professions of Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Minister Harris has signed regulations to designate counsellor and psychotherapist as professions to be regulated under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005. Minister Harris said, “the regulation of these professions will ensure greater protection of the public as those registered must comply with a code of professional conduct and ethics and will be

Minister Daly launches mid-term review of National Dementia Strategy

The Minister with Special Responsibility for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly, TD has launched the mid-term review of the National Dementia Strategy ahead of a meeting of the Strategy’s Monitoring Group at the Ashling Hotel, Dublin today. Minister Daly noted that good progress has been made in implementing the Strategy, which remains a

Minister Daly launches Mental Health Reform e-mental health report

The Minister of State for Mental Health, Jim Daly TD has today launched the eMental Health: State of the Art report. Welcoming today’s report launch he said, ‘As the Minister with responsibility for mental health, events like this gives me an opportunity to see new and innovative ways that technology can be utilised beneficially for

Government to establish new independent Board for the HSE

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today received Government approval for the drafting of a Bill to establish an independent Board for the HSE. The General Scheme of the Bill is now being published. Speaking today the Minister said “the events of the past few weeks have once again made clear, there is an urgent

Statement from the Minister for Health

The Minister for Health Simon Harris has this evening (Thursday) met with the Director General of the HSE, Tony O’Brien, who informed him of his decision to step down.Minister Harris has thanked Mr O’Brien for his many years of service and dedication. “I would like to express my thanks to Tony O’Brien for his many

Statement from the Department of Health in relation to CervicalCheck

The Department is currently examining the records in relation to CervicalCheck.  A full discovery will be undertaken and all documents will be made available to the Scoping Inquiry to inform its considerations.   The HSE shared a number of documents in relation to the CervicalCheck clinical audit with the Department, including the memos made available to

National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services – Steering Group Meeting

The Steering Group for the National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services met on Monday 30th April. The Secretariat of the Review provided an update to the Steering Group in relation to the various work packages that comprise the Review. The Steering Group focused its discussion on preparations for an upcoming survey of acute hospitals and

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