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Department of Health

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

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?

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.

# department-of-health - Monday 23 December, 2013

‘I wouldn’t run screaming from any challenge’: Varadkar open to replacing Reilly

The Transport Minister has said he would “love to stay where I am” but did said he would be “willing to serve anywhere the Taoiseach wants me”.

# department-of-health - Friday 20 December, 2013

Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act to come into force on 1 January

The Department of Health confirmed today after speculation about when exactly the legislation would come into force.

# department-of-health - Thursday 19 December, 2013

We’re compliant “based on our interpretation” say St. Vincent’s bosses

The hospital have told the HSE that they will not disclose payments to senior staff because of data protection issues and because they come from private funds.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 18 December, 2013

TD wants new probe into the use of second-hand braces at Galway dental unit

A dentist working in Merlin Park Hospital in Galway provided braces that had been removed from children there to a private dental practice.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 17 December, 2013

HSE Service Plan will target €25 million in medical card probity – not €113 million

The Taoiseach confirmed to the Dáil this evening that the document would be published, following discussions at Cabinet today.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 11 December, 2013

WATCH LIVE: TDs grill CRC officials over top-ups

The expected non-appearance of Brian Conlan, who resigned as CRC chief executive on Monday, is causing considerable controversy.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 10 December, 2013

HSE will need nearly €200 million extra for this year

Separately, Ministers did not discuss the HSE’s service plan for 2014 at Cabinet today.

# department-of-health - Monday 9 December, 2013

CRC chief quits in the midst of charity top-up scandal

Departing chief executive Brian Conlan did not receive any top-ups but his predecessor got a top-up of €135,000 on top of a basic salary of €116,000.

‘No comment to make’ on reports Kathleen Lynch threatened to resign

The junior health minister was reported in yesterday’s Sunday Business Post to have threatened to quit the government at a meeting over a fortnight ago.

‘Flood of cases’ by symphysiotomy survivors expected in courts next year

The government’s u-turn on the lifting of the statute of limitations for one year, to facilitate legal action for the women, has been described as “appalling”.

# department-of-health - Friday 29 November, 2013

Further 19 hospitals face investigation over Savile links

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he expects final reports of all the investigations to be completed by June 2014.

# department-of-health - Thursday 28 November, 2013

Delay in appointing National Children’s Hospital design team but construction begins in 2015

A new Programme Director John Pollock has been tasked with ensuring the National Children’s Hospital gets built.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 27 November, 2013

HSE chief to face questions from TDs over ‘top-ups’ and health budget overrun

Tony O’Brien is likely to be grilled about the revelations last week that many health agencies and voluntary hospitals are not in compliance with public sector pay policy.

# department-of-health - Friday 22 November, 2013

24 HSE organisations not compliant with government pay policy

Minister James Reilly said the government is determined to ensure that public pay policy is respected and complied with.

# department-of-health - Thursday 21 November, 2013

Ireland spends less of its social protection budget on old age benefit than anywhere in EU

The state has one of the highest spends on healthcare, however.

“Don’t punish sick kids” – charity warns hospitals still need help, despite top-up furore

There is a serious risk of donors not supporting fundraising campaigns in protest over the top-up payments to hospital executives, a charity has warned.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 20 November, 2013

‘Ministers knew’ about top-up payments for senior health staff

“There’s only one thing that should happen now. Come next week, these payments must cease”.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 19 November, 2013

Government ‘attempting to weed out’ top-up payments to health executives – Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed that over almost a third of the hospitals and health agencies under Section 38 are breaching rules on pay senior executives.

HSE will report on hospital executive pay breaches ‘in a couple of days’

The deadline for hospitals to respond to a HSE request for details on their compliance with pay rules was 6pm this evening.

‘This has got to stop’: Reilly concerned about pay top-ups for some health chiefs

Remuneration for some hospital chiefs has caused controversy in the last 24 hours.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 12 November, 2013

Department of Health to increase cost of health insurance policies

The stamp duty for health insurance products providing ‘advanced’ cover will increase from €350 to €399 per adult and from €120 to €135 per child from 1 March

# department-of-health - Friday 8 November, 2013

Troika report card: ‘Steadfast implementation’ but watch for health and mortgages

Budget figures remain on track but “spending control must be maintained, in particular in the healthcare sector” say the EU, ECB and IMF.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 6 November, 2013

Taoiseach: Hospital chiefs’ letter is important and it’s not being treated as a joke

Enda Kenny was speaking at Leaders’ Questions in the Dáíl this morning.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 22 October, 2013

Tánaiste and Howlin insist: James Reilly is doing a very good job

The Health Minister has the support of the Cabinet, two senior members insisted this morning.

# department-of-health - Monday 21 October, 2013

“I think it’s a bit rich of Mícheál Martin”- James Reilly resists calls to resign

Reilly has come under increased pressure about spending and savings figures within the Department of Health.

Nursing union warns patient care will be “severely compromised” by Budget cuts

Health Minister James Reilly has been under increasing pressure since confirmation last Tuesday that a further €666 million is to be taken out of the Health Budget in 2014.

# department-of-health - Friday 18 October, 2013

Stocks of antibiotic Augmentin could run out ‘within months’

The antibiotic treats infections like bronchitis and pneumonia and may be unavailable in Ireland until late next year.

# department-of-health - Thursday 17 October, 2013

“There has been no change in policy in relation to medical cards” – James Reilly

The Minster for Health also said that it has never been the case that having a particular illness guarantees access to a medical card

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