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#Department of Health

# department-of-health - Thursday 17 May, 2018

Government looks at bringing in mandatory open disclosure in serious cases

“Open disclosure is not the ticking of a box or the filling of a form,” Ireland’s chief medical officer said.

# department-of-health - Friday 11 May, 2018

The new head of the GP union is younger than Simon Harris - and has a big battle on his hands

Ireland’s newest doctors are fleeing the country – but the latest head of Ireland’s GP union, the NAGP, Maitiú Ó Tuathail is only 29.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 2 May, 2018

Explainer: Do you need to get a repeat smear test?

Many women across the country are wondering what action they should take in light of the recent controversy – here’s everything you need to know.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 14 February, 2018

Mixed reactions over new voluntary codes to restrict advertising of 'high fat sugar salt' foods

Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan hit out at the voluntary nature of the Codes, saying Ireland needs “mandatory legislation”.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 31 January, 2018

'The seizures are gone - his smiles are back': Mother pens letter to Minister after treating son with CBD oil

Noreen O’Neill said her son has been seizure-free for more than a fortnight.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 30 January, 2018

This is the advice that convinced the Cabinet to seek the 'repeal and replace' option

A summary of the Attorney General’s advice has been published.

# department-of-health - Friday 12 January, 2018

Simon Harris 'concerned' about care terminally-ill woman received over New Year's weekend

The woman’s daughter, Siobhán Tobin, wrote an open letter to the Health Minister about trying to access out of hours services.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 3 January, 2018

'Chaos is the reality of our health services': Doctors say a trolley crisis is only ever hours away

The number of people on hospital trolleys was again at a record high today, according to the INMO.

# department-of-health - Friday 29 December, 2017

'The most selfless gift': A record number of organ donations were carried out in 2017

This included 51 kidneys from living donors.

# department-of-health - Thursday 28 December, 2017

Irish people are more fertile than almost all of our European peers

Birth rates are down, but Ireland still has more babies than most.

Siptu warns of strike action by Section 39 health care workers over pay issues

Some 12,000 Section 39 workers receive dual salary funding between the HSE and voluntary contributions.

# department-of-health - Thursday 30 November, 2017

As it happened: 'Only seven maternity hospitals offer all women access to anomaly scans' Eighth Amendment This post contains videos

As it happened: 'Only seven maternity hospitals offer all women access to anomaly scans'

The Eighth Amendment Committee today discussed access to scans, counselling and other services.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 15 November, 2017

Minister orders report into vaginal mesh devices after Irish women experience 'constant pain'

The health minister said he takes it “extraordinarily seriously” if anyone is experiencing pain as a result of a surgery in this country.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 5 September, 2017

'I wouldn't dare say don't take the vaccine': TDs on why they've asked questions about HPV in Dáil

With HPV high on the agenda, we spoke to TDs who’ve raised the issue in the Dáil chamber.

# department-of-health - Monday 4 September, 2017

Simon Harris was 'very disappointed and frustrated' at Finian McGrath's vaccine comments

Harris said he now feels McGrath “fully supports” the vaccination programme.

# department-of-health - Sunday 3 September, 2017

'Ireland's nursing crisis could be eclipsed if US nurses weren't being denied access to work here'

US nurses who are being denied access to work here can’t find the adaptation courses they’re being told to take.

# department-of-health - Saturday 26 August, 2017

'In danger of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory': How tension built ahead of Orkambi deal Cystic Fibrosis This post contains videos

'In danger of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory': How tension built ahead of Orkambi deal Exclusive

HSE and Vertex employees were working long hours behind the scenes to secure the historic agreement.

# department-of-health - Thursday 24 August, 2017

'I don't see my child as a beggar': Mother questions why son with Down Syndrome has to get a PSC

Dublin woman Carol Brady says the decision on whether or not to get a card is not one her son should have been expected to make.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 23 August, 2017

Waiting lists for occupational therapy shoot up a massive 50% in just two years

The huge lists may be just the tip of the iceberg – figures for those already undergoing treatment are not available according to the HSE.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 9 August, 2017

'We wouldn't be here without it': HSE will not fund life-saving lung disease drug

21 Alpha-1 patients in Ireland have been receiving Respreeza up until now through a compassionate use programme.

# department-of-health - Friday 28 July, 2017

HSE to provide funding for new life-saving drugs after criticism

Labour’s Alan Kelly had led criticisms of the HSE for not making the drugs available.

# department-of-health - Sunday 23 July, 2017

Explainer: What is Ireland doing to tackle antibiotic resistance?

Misuse and overuse of antibiotics are leading to a dangerous resistance.

# department-of-health - Monday 17 July, 2017

'These people matter': The government's new 'compassionate' plan to tackle drug addiction

The new drug strategy aims to develop a health-led approach to drug and alcohol addiction.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 5 July, 2017

'I was beside myself with worry': Ireland shifts its approach to fighting cancer

Emotional support and aftercare will be an important development in how people with, or who had cancer, are looked after.

# department-of-health - Thursday 29 June, 2017

25 legal abortions were carried out in Ireland in 2016

The Department of Health has released its figures of the number of terminations carried out in Ireland last year.

# department-of-health - Saturday 10 June, 2017

The highest paid person in the HSE last year received almost €600,000

The HSE’s spend on legal and professional fees increased by 28.6% last year – rising from €47m to €60.5m.

# department-of-health - Monday 29 May, 2017

'Put a cost on his life': The limited options facing Irish cancer patients when time is running out

There are drugs that could help him, but cancer patient Brian Slattery needs to fund the €140,000 treatment himself.

# department-of-health - Thursday 4 May, 2017

Ireland still 'on course to become the most obese nation in Europe'

A new survey has found that at least one in five children are overweight or obese.

'I'm living proof it works': Patients with severe lung condition call for access to 'life-changing' drug

People are set to lose access to Respreeza at the end of the month.

# department-of-health - Monday 1 May, 2017

Want to give feedback on your hospital treatment? From today, you can

Patients discharged between now and the end of May will be able to complete the National Patient Experience Survey.

# department-of-health - Thursday 20 April, 2017

Health Minister: 'I have heard people say that nuns will be running the hospital. Not true'

It was claimed that 300 people attended today’s lunchtime protest outside the Department of Health.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 19 April, 2017

'I really thought we were beyond this point': Protest to be held tomorrow on new maternity hospital

Former junior health minister Kathleen Lynch told Drivetime that the hospital is not “going in the right direction”.

# department-of-health - Monday 17 April, 2017

Why you should be very wary of signing this insurance form on arrival at an Irish hospital

Signing up for private health care where none is available increases your bill ten times, and sometimes the situation can be even worse.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 8 February, 2017

'No overtime, no cross cover' from nurses and midwives after 7 March

The government’s proposals to deal with staffing problems were criticised as “too little too late”.

FactCheck: Are there really fewer people on hospital trolleys this year?

The Tánaiste made the claim amid ongoing debate about wait times in Irish healthcare.

# department-of-health - Saturday 21 January, 2017

'If this many people were dying in another way, there’d be war over it'

What do doctors and nurses want done to tackle hospital overcrowding and record numbers on trolleys? More beds, for starters.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 10 January, 2017

How Ireland's hospitals are massaging the numbers of people on trolleys Exclusive

A number of senior staff members have come forward to highlight how it’s done.

# department-of-health - Saturday 31 December, 2016

HSE hires over a hundred people at recruitment event aimed at returning nurses

The three-day event was aimed at luring Irish nurses who were home for the Christmas period.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 28 December, 2016

Health Minister: 'I don't believe the threat of industrial action helps anyone'

Siptu has announced a ballot of more than 25,000 support staff.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 27 December, 2016

Why Ireland wants a registry to keep track of everyone who has dementia

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland says that a registry will lead to better policy and treatment for people with dementia.

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