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# leo-varadkar - Yesterday’s News

Varadkar defends comments about extra resources making hospitals slow down

The minister said he accepted that overcrowding can also delay patient treatment.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 29 January, 2016

‘They were tortured and degraded in unspeakable ways’

Social Care Minister Kathleen Lynch issued a statement today addressing allegations of physical and sexual abuse at a state-backed foster home.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 26 January, 2016

Drug testing in nightclubs branded ‘knee-jerk reaction’ after Cork tragedy

Michaél Martin doesn’t seem keen on the idea after it was brought up by Leo Varadkar.

‘Needles, doctors and hospitals have been a part of Colleen’s life for as long as she remembers’

Colleen’s mother commends the hospital staff for their work, but says her daughter has been left languishing on waiting lists for years.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 11 January, 2016

This tax measure brought in €57m more than expected, but was it fair?

A cap on tax relief on health insurance brought in €151 million.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 10 January, 2016

Could we be in line for a Fine Gael-Renua coalition? Leo seems interested

The Health Minister is warm to sharing the cabinet table with Lucinda Creighton, three years after she left his party.

Poll reveals fear of terrorism as Lucinda Creighton suggests refugee screening

The Renua leader Lucinda Creighton was speaking following the sex attacks in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 8 January, 2016

‘Sensible people are putting their health at risk’ – Patients going to GPs when they need emergency treatment

Meanwhile, doctors are being balloted on industrial action at University Hospital Limerick.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 7 January, 2016

‘Even if I got a cheque for €100 million – I couldn’t fix this overnight’

Leo Varadkar’s comments follow days of controversy regarding overcrowding at Irish hospitals, and come ahead of a nursing strike next week.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 5 January, 2016

Noonan and Howlin banter about ‘social democrat’ Leo and ‘much improved’ health service

The two finance ministers were in top form today.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 4 January, 2016

Surgery scheduled for baby Noah after father speaks out

Adam Doyle had criticised the HSE after travelling to Northern Ireland to access feeding equipment for his sick son.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 3 January, 2016

Concern over ‘significant decline’ in kidney transplants from living donors

Almost 2,000 people in Ireland are on dialysis.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 1 January, 2016

Father of sick child travels to Northern Ireland on Christmas Day for medical supplies

A Facebook post about Adam Doyle’s child Noah has been shared more than 14,000 times.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 30 December, 2015

Government plans to clear up confusion surrounding physical therapists and physiotherapists

New laws are to be introduced to ensure the titles are protected and registered.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 29 December, 2015

This is Enda Kenny’s biggest regret

The Taoiseach has been reflecting on nearly five years in office.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 24 December, 2015

The 9 at 9: Christmas Eve

Just one more sleep until Christmas. Here’s what you need to know.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 23 December, 2015

Minimum pricing for alcohol could be illegal – but Ireland’s pressing ahead

A European Court of Justice ruling says a tax should be introduced instead of minimum pricing.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 17 December, 2015

‘Abortion is a divisive issue, but we can’t pretend it’s going to go away’ – Varadkar

Leo Varadkar says he supports the Taoiseach’s plan to call a convention on the issue.

Enda thinks Leo is doing an ‘excellent job’ in Health

The Taoiseach has come to the defence of the Health Minister, but won’t say if he’ll be reappointed if the government is re-elected.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 16 December, 2015

HSE publishes 2016 service plan with €100m shortfall for hospitals

The HSE says that a growing and ageing population is putting a strain on the service.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 7 December, 2015

Ireland’s health system is broken, we need an NHS model like the UK

Private for-profit health care systems are both more costly and provide lower quality care than public systems, writes Julien Mercille.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 25 November, 2015

37 people in Ireland died from asthma attacks last year

And Leo wants this figure to drop.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 17 November, 2015

If universal health insurance isn’t dead, then when on earth will it actually happen? UHI

If universal health insurance isn’t dead, then when on earth will it actually happen?

The government maintains it is committed to a UHI model. But there’s no chance of it happening soon.

Is this the death of universal health insurance?

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…

Leo: If there was an overnight fix for the health service I would’ve implemented it

I’ve been in this job for 18 months and I can say with absolute certainty that if there was an overnight fix, I would have implemented it on day one, Leo Varadkar writes.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 12 November, 2015

Leo wants to make it easier for patients to complain

“The director of patient safety is somebody I want to run into in the lift every other day, it’s not somebody I want to meet in a formal meeting once every two months or six months.”

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 10 November, 2015

‘Leo needs to accept he’s not the David Attenborough of the health service’

Fianna Fáil says the Health Minister is “observing from a distance” rather than taking action.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 6 November, 2015

‘What you’d expect from the Tea Party’: Leo’s radical plan for hospitals is being lashed

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin are not impressed with the Health Minister’s latest comments.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 5 November, 2015

Health service scandals: Leo Varadkar faced some tough questions today

The health minister said that he has “no doubt” that many more such stories will come to light in the months to come.

Alleged sexual assault of woman (87) in all-male ward investigated

The assault is alleged to have happened last week.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 4 November, 2015

Tallaght Hospital to probe how information on 91-year-old patient was given to media

Taoiseach Enda Kenny described the incident as “a shocking example of dysfunction in the health system”.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 3 November, 2015

Leo Varadkar has a plan to put calorie counts on beer bottles

Five new health warnings are to appear on every alcohol product under proposed new rules.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 21 October, 2015

Why did Leo turn down Sinn Féin’s debate challenge?

The Health Minister was challenged to a debate by a Sinn Féin constituency rival.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 15 October, 2015

Life-saving drugs can now be given by trained members of the public

The death of Emma Sloan from an allergic reaction gave a huge impetus to the campaign.

Varadkar dismisses claims 10,000 Irish children have teeth extracted in hospital each year

The Irish Dental Association has described the figures as a “national disgrace”.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 9 October, 2015

Leo Varadkar named Tatler’s Man of the Year

Bressie, Brian Cody and Mícháel Ó Muircheartaigh also received awards.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 7 October, 2015

Nurses threaten strike action as Galway mental health staff refuse to work over safety concerns

The INMO’s announcement comes on foot of an incident at the mental health unit of University Hospital Galway on Friday.

# leo-varadkar - 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’.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 26 September, 2015

Leo on coming out: My mum thought I’d get beaten up and my dad was ‘really sound’

The health minister also discussed his Fine Gael leadership ambitions.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 24 September, 2015

Could Enda really go all the way to 2021?

Could Enda really go all the way to 2021?

Analysis: The Taoiseach said again this week that he intends to serve a full second term if re-elected. But is that realistic?

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