National Plan for Phase-down to Phase-out of Amalgam towards 2030

The Minamata Convention on Mercury was ratified by Ireland in March 2019. It provides an international regulatory framework for the protection of human health and the global environment from the harmful effects of mercury. The Minamata Convention addresses all aspects related to the use of mercury including the use and management of dental amalgam. Regulation

Fifth Annual Report on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013

The fifth annual report on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 has been laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas as required under section 20 of the Act. The report covers the period from 1st January 2018 until 31st December 2018. The report shows that thirty-two (32) medical procedures were carried out under

Strategic Review of Medical Training and Career Structure Ninth Progress Report

In July 2013 a Working Group, chaired by Prof. Brian MacCraith, President, Dublin City University, was established to carry out a strategic review of medical training and career structure. The Working Group was tasked with examining and making high-level recommendations relating to training and career pathways for doctors with a view to: improving graduate retention

Scoping Inquiry Supplementary Report

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has today published the Supplementary Report of the Scoping Inquiry into the CervicalCheck Programme, following a Government decision earlier today. The Inquiry was led by Dr Gabriel Scally. Following the publication on 12 September last of the Final Report of the Scoping Inquiry, Dr Scally committed to providing

Positive Ageing Indicators 2018

The positive ageing indicators report is an outcomes framework to monitor trends and changes in the participation levels, health, and security of older people in Ireland, at a national level. The positive ageing indicator set was developed by the Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative and reported for the first time in 2016. The 2018 report

Tobacco Free Ireland Annual Report 2018

Tobacco Free Ireland was launched under the Healthy Ireland framework in 2013 and sets a target for Ireland to be tobacco free (that is, with a smoking prevalence rate of less than 5%) by the year 2025. The 2018 Annual Report on the Tobacco Free Ireland Action Plan is now available here.

National Skin Cancer Prevention Plan 2019 – 2022

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Ireland.  Over 11,000 are diagnosed each year, this number is projected to over double by 2045.  Yet most skin cancers could be prevented. This first national Skin Cancer Prevention Plan is a landmark commitment, arising from our National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026, and aimed at tackling the most common type of

National Treatment Purchase Fund Special Audit Programme 2018

The NTPF audit function plays a key role in providing independent objective assurance that the quality and accuracy of the hospital waiting lists data returned by hospitals are in line with national waiting list management protocols. The national protocols are intended to ensure there is a consistent and standardised approach to the management and scheduling

Department of Health Open Beds Report March 2019

The Open Beds Report provides a summary of the average numbers of open inpatient beds and day beds/places in the acute hospital system based on data provided by the HSE. The report will be published on the Department website each month. Read the March 2019 Open Beds Report here.

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