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#Department of Health

# department-of-health - Today’s News


# department-of-health - Tuesday 29 September, 2015

Leo Varadkar is being accused of leaking his own email

Fianna Fáil says that an email in the Irish Times came about because of ‘self-serving leaks’.

# department-of-health - Sunday 27 September, 2015

‘I’m losing my sight, hearing, AND my place in Irish society’

The Department of Health has decided not to recognise deafblindness as a unique disability. Here’s why.

# department-of-health - Thursday 20 August, 2015

Vaping is now officially less harmful than smoking, and it’s time the Irish health authorities acknowledged that fact

Ireland’s health bodies, cancer charities and societies need to follow the facts and treat electronic cigarettes with an open mind, argues Joe Dunne.

# department-of-health - Thursday 9 July, 2015

Ireland won’t be fined over 24-hour shifts for junior doctors

The European Court of Justice said there was not enough evidence put forward to show the Working Time Directive was not being implemented.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 30 June, 2015

Dublin’s three maternity hospitals are being moved to pastures new

Planning permission for three new sites at major adult teaching hospitals will be submitted in the next 18 months.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 21 April, 2015

Fianna Fáil wants a new tax… on sugar

The party has unveiled its long-awaited health policy today.

# department-of-health - Thursday 16 April, 2015

‘She’s in agony’: Four year old faces months of pain due to dental service cutback

The woman’s mother said she feels completely helpless.

# department-of-health - Thursday 9 April, 2015

There’s been a breakthrough in those talks on free GP care for kids

Negotiations took place between the Irish Medical Organisation, the HSE and the Department of Health.

# department-of-health - Thursday 2 April, 2015

‘Unfair and unjust’: Proposed hike in nursing home bills slammed

Prime Time this evening reported on a review of the fair deal scheme.

# department-of-health - Friday 20 February, 2015

76,666: the exact number of people waiting for hospital treatment right now

The Health Minister says he’s working on it but the waiting lists have swelled by almost a third since this time last year.

# department-of-health - Friday 23 January, 2015

It looks like the government is dropping plans to ban alcohol sponsorship of sport

Finding alternative sources of funding appears “unlikely”.

# department-of-health - Monday 12 January, 2015

Seagulls back in spotlight as Government seeks to ‘eliminate’ them from Department of Health

One politician described the birds as ‘cheeky’ last summer saying they were stealing children’s lollipops.

# department-of-health - Saturday 10 January, 2015

Department looks at options for lifting ban on gay men donating blood

A policy paper being examined sets out options including a total removal of the ban and a time deferral on donation.

# department-of-health - Thursday 18 December, 2014

New UK rules could allow embryos to be created from three people

This would allow mothers to prevent passing on genetic diseases.

# department-of-health - Monday 8 December, 2014

‘Organ donor cards don’t work anymore, we need a new approach’

The IKA wants a registry system to be introduced.

# department-of-health - Monday 24 November, 2014

Varadkar to meet with Michelin-starred chef who wants to improve hospital food

However, the meeting has been dismissed as a “publicity stunt”.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 5 November, 2014

Leo Varadkar really loves chicken wings

Speaking ahead of a food addiction conference earlier, The Health Minister confessed he’s not always as healthy as he’d like to be.

# department-of-health - Monday 27 October, 2014

Leo wants to find out just how healthy Ireland is

A new nationwide survey will ask households about a range of health indicators.

# department-of-health - Sunday 5 October, 2014

‘Serious allegations’ of rigged waiting lists to be pursued by Department of Health

The HSE said it had no knowledge of the memo allegedly calling on employees to manipulate the figures.

# department-of-health - Friday 3 October, 2014

Anyone with a reinstated discretionary medical card ‘need not worry’ Leo

Anyone with a reinstated discretionary medical card ‘need not worry’

The Minister for Health said he will bring a series of proposals to Cabinet in the coming weeks on discretionary medical card reform.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 30 September, 2014

‘I’ll give my opinion as a doctor and young man at a later stage’ – Varadkar

The Health Minister said that the Government has no plans to update the Constitution in relation to abortion.

# department-of-health - Monday 29 September, 2014

“Deplorable overcrowding”: Dozens on trolleys in Limerick hospital

The INMO said today that the Major Emergency Plan should have been implemented at the hospital today, with 47 people on trolleys in the Emergency Department this morning.

# department-of-health - Sunday 28 September, 2014

HSE denies legal action taken to forcibly hydrate Miss Y, but is still reviewing what happened

Reports this morning claimed that Department of Health officials intervened in the case, objecting to the legal action being taken.

# 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.

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