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# department-of-health - Wednesday 17 September, 2014

Talks on new GP contract to start next month

The existing General Medical Services contract was devised over forty years ago.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 16 September, 2014

‘It’s just not true’: Leo insists the government didn’t cook the books

The Health Minister has been responding to claims from Micheál Martin that the government “cooked the books” in health.

# department-of-health - Sunday 14 September, 2014

Prescription charges bring in €120m but hurt ‘most vulnerable in society’

Groups representing carers, elderly people and those on low incomes have called for a reduction but that’s not likely to happen in the next Budget.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 10 September, 2014

The Health Department’s new Secretary General has a masters from Harvard

Jim Breslin comes to the position from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 20 August, 2014

Róisín Shortall: I’m surprised the ‘very inexperienced’ James Reilly wasn’t sacked Health This post contains videos

Róisín Shortall: I’m surprised the ‘very inexperienced’ James Reilly wasn’t sacked

The former junior health minister also says she could have worked with new minister Leo Varadkar.

# department-of-health - Monday 11 August, 2014

So it turns out that ‘free GP care’ might not actually be free

A modest charge could be applied but no final decision has been taken.

# department-of-health - Friday 8 August, 2014

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# department-of-health - Wednesday 6 August, 2014

Here’s why Leo Varadkar is looking to avoid ‘land mines in Angola’

Analysis: The Health Minister’s intervention on universal health insurance yesterday is all about managing expectations.

# department-of-health - Monday 21 July, 2014

No tan for you: Children are officially banned from using sunbeds from today

Up to 28,000 children and teenagers use sunbeds every year.

# department-of-health - Friday 18 July, 2014

HSE reports €163m deficit for first five months of the year

Latest patient and financial figures show scale of the task facing the new Health Minister…

# department-of-health - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

Ireland at the UN: We have ‘no solution’ for women who can’t afford to travel for an abortion

Ireland faced a second day of questioning at UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva.

James Reilly is still Health Minister… according to the Department’s website

And Health isn’t the only government department that has yet to update its pages.

# department-of-health - Monday 14 July, 2014

This 1940s letter describes the ‘decent class’ of unmarried mothers who were ‘first offenders’

The letter details how one hospital was struggling to find foster mothers for children.

Death rate of babies at Tuam mother and baby home was double the rate of other homes

The returns from local authorities, disqualifying Dublin, shows that 17% of babies under the age of one died in registered maternity homes that year.

# department-of-health - Thursday 3 July, 2014

James Reilly just doesn’t know if he’ll be Minister for Health next week

Reilly insisted today he will be happy to serve wherever the Taoiseach asks him to.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

The government is going to regulate the sale of e-cigarettes and ban their sale to under 18s

Health Minister James Reilly has previously expressed concerns about the harmful effects of electronic cigarettes.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

Warning of future nursing homes crisis if ‘action isn’t taken now’

Nursing home representatives believe more resources are needed to prevent future shortages.

# department-of-health - Sunday 15 June, 2014

Tattoo and piercing industry regulation under review – because there’s none right now

Businesses must adhere to health and safety rules, but there is nothing specifically tailored for the industry.

# department-of-health - Saturday 14 June, 2014

Here’s a letter giving state approval of Tuam mother and baby home

The letter on behalf of the Minister for Health of the day was issued to mother and baby homes who were seeking approval as maternity homes.

# department-of-health - Friday 13 June, 2014

‘Publicity seeking’ McGuinness criticised by his own committee over resignation call

John McGuinness’s call for two senior health officials to resign during a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee yesterday has been criticised by some of his colleagues.

# department-of-health - Thursday 12 June, 2014

Department of Health says it will return state files to National Archive

The records are there for anybody who wants to view them – unless there are personal details involved.

State files removed from National Archive following mother and baby home revelations Exclusive

Over 40 other state documents recalled by the Department of Health have yet to be returned.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 10 June, 2014

It’s official: Ireland will be the first country in the EU to bring in plain packaging on cigarettes

“Cigarette packets will no longer be a mobile advertisement for the tobacco industry,” said Minister James Reilly.

# department-of-health - Sunday 8 June, 2014

No plans to extend Long Term Illness Scheme list despite not being updated since 1970

There have been calls that the new expert review panel for medical cards should match conditions on the LTI list.

# department-of-health - Thursday 5 June, 2014

Analysis: James Reilly looks isolated, undermined and on the way out of government

The Health Minister has been under pressure for much of his time in office but now looks set to be replaced.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 27 May, 2014

Number of discretionary medical cards falls by over 16,000 HSE

Number of discretionary medical cards falls by over 16,000

In January 2013, 63,126 were eligible for a discretionary medical card. In April 2014, just 46,535 now have a discretionary medical card.

# department-of-health - Monday 12 May, 2014

Mother was asked by the HSE if her son ‘still had Down syndrome’

The card for her four-year-old son was denied.

# department-of-health - Friday 9 May, 2014

Reilly won’t speak at nurses conference because he’s unwell

Nurses will debate motions on bullying and Universal Health Insurance at the conference in Kilkenny.

# department-of-health - Thursday 3 April, 2014

White: I invited the IMO to talk about GP concerns – that hasn’t happened Free Gp Care This post contains videos

White: I invited the IMO to talk about GP concerns – that hasn’t happened

The IMO said it is studying the minister’s response to its concerns but criticised him for his refusal to negotiate fees with them.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

How much will Universal Health Insurance cost you? ReillyCare This post contains videos

How much will Universal Health Insurance cost you?

Minister Reilly said he doesn’t know but if we’d implemented it last year, it would have cost less than €920 on average.

# department-of-health - Monday 31 March, 2014

E-cigarettes could be facing an all-out hospital ban

It’s already planned that HSE campuses will be smoke-free by 2015 but e-cigarettes could be included in the policy.

# department-of-health - Saturday 29 March, 2014

It’s been over a year – so what’s happening with the Mobility Allowance?

The government said last year that it was to replace the scheme – but to date, nothing new has been announced.

# department-of-health - Thursday 6 March, 2014

TDs and Senators to question chief medical officer on Portlaoise baby deaths

Tony Holohan is to appear before the committee this morning. He published a review of the situation last month.

# department-of-health - Friday 28 February, 2014

Death of another baby at Portlaoise being investigated

Minister James Reilly published a report into the Portlaoise perinatal deaths this afternoon.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

GPs invited to meet Dept of Health on free care for under-sixes

300 submissions were received on a draft contract related to how GPs will undertake the initiative.

# department-of-health - Monday 17 February, 2014

21 heart attack patients in every 100 die at one Irish hospital

A report published today did not name hospitals but a further report is due to be published by the Department of Health later this year.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 4 February, 2014

‘We will get all the answers’ – Reilly says HIQA will review death of babies in Portlaoise

Reilly was speaking after one family, whose tragic story was outlined in a Prime Time special last week, met with members of the Oireachtas earlier today.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 28 January, 2014

Sexual abuse ruling will have “significant implications” for the State

The Department of Education called such abuse “a source of national shame”, and noted that the ruling is ‘binding’ on the State.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

Reilly ‘acknowledges discomfort and distress’ of patients on trolleys

Reilly was challenged by Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher in the Dáil today after it emerged almost 400 people were on trolleys across the country in one day this week.

# department-of-health - Sunday 12 January, 2014

From The Score David Gillick on the push to make PE a core examinable subject in Irish secondary schools Interview

David Gillick on the push to make PE a core examinable subject in Irish secondary schools

The Dublin-born athlete also chatted to us about his recent struggles with injury, “cheats” in athletics and his stint on Celebrity MasterChef Ireland.

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