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# minister-for-health - Monday 10 July, 2017

HSE to ask women working in the health sector how they balance maternity with work

Just 7% of all surgeons in Ireland are women.

# minister-for-health - Monday 3 July, 2017

Calls for patients to give feedback on their experience in Irish hospitals

Overcrowding in Irish hospitals increased in the first three months of 2017.

# minister-for-health - Friday 30 June, 2017

Minister for Health wants Eighth Amendment referendum next summer

Simon Harris said he supports repealing the Eighth Amendment.

# minister-for-health - Friday 5 May, 2017

Simon Harris commits to giving graduating Irish student nurses full-time contracts

Staffing and retention are two key issues that nearly led to industrial action in the nursing sector earlier this year.

# minister-for-health - Wednesday 22 March, 2017

Harris plans to "dismantle" HSE and replace it with "much leaner" health agency

The Minister for Health outlined his “vision” for the future of Irish healthcare at a Dáil committee this morning.

# minister-for-health - Monday 6 March, 2017

Deal on 'miracle' cystic fibrosis drug expected in a matter of weeks

Health Minister Simon Harris said that he wants a good deal for the taxpayer and, most importantly, for patients.

# minister-for-health - Thursday 9 February, 2017

Simon Harris wants to remove HSE managers 'who don't measure up' from their roles

His comments follow Monday’s night RTÉ Investigates programme, which revealed hidden waiting list figures.

# minister-for-health - Monday 22 August, 2016

Health Minister thanks two women who live-tweeted their abortion journey

Simon Harris took the somewhat surprising action of thanking the two women directly.

# minister-for-health - Thursday 19 May, 2016

'I put it off until I was at the stage where I couldn't walk properly or eat'

Over 20,000 people in Ireland suffer from either Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis. Clara Caslin shares her story.

# minister-for-health - Wednesday 24 February, 2016

Department of Health says Michael Noonan never sought to influence Grace decision

TheJournal.ie asked other former health ministers when they were made aware of the case.

# minister-for-health - Monday 8 February, 2016

Varadkar defends comments about extra resources making hospitals slow down

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

# minister-for-health - Friday 18 December, 2015

A tobacco giant's legal challenge against plain packaging has been rejected

Philip Morris accused Australia of using a procedural issue to avoid addressing the legality and effectiveness of plain packages, calling the move “regrettable”.

# minister-for-health - Tuesday 24 November, 2015

Enda to Micheál: 'You ran like a scalded cat, as fast as your legs could carry you'

The Taoiseach accused former health minister Micheál Martin of doubling health spend without achieving any results.

# minister-for-health - Tuesday 17 November, 2015

Is this the death of universal health insurance?

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

# minister-for-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’.

# minister-for-health - Sunday 12 July, 2015

# minister-for-health - Saturday 4 July, 2015

Here’s how many kids have been signed up for free GP care so far

The Minister for Health is happy with the progress so far.

# minister-for-health - Wednesday 3 June, 2015

The Central Mental Hospital is being closed down

Patients will be transferred to a larger, more modern, hospital in Portrane.

# minister-for-health - Thursday 21 May, 2015

“If I hadn’t been given that heart my daughters would have never been born”

The Mater Hospital is today celebrating 10 years of lung transplants and thirty years of heart transplants.

# minister-for-health - Wednesday 11 March, 2015

There’s now THREE tobacco giants threatening to sue the government

Philip Morris is threatening legal action.

# minister-for-health - Thursday 26 February, 2015

'I was told he was just having a panic attack - an hour later, he was dead'

There have been calls for an upgrade in the cardiology services available in University Hospital Waterford.

# minister-for-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.

# minister-for-health - Wednesday 4 February, 2015

Those supermarket booze deals could be in danger...

There will also be regulation of sports sponsorship for the first time if new legislation agreed by the Government passes.

# minister-for-health - Monday 19 January, 2015

Here's what the world thought of Leo Varadkar saying 'I'm gay'

He spoke publicly about his sexuality on radio yesterday.

# minister-for-health - Wednesday 14 January, 2015

'Elderly patients are being kept on trolleys for days'

Nurses brought their anger at overcrowding to the gates of the Dáil today.

# minister-for-health - Wednesday 26 November, 2014

'Never again': New guidelines introduced after Savita's tragic death

An early warning system in maternity hospitals is to be standardised.

# minister-for-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”.

# minister-for-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.

# minister-for-health - Saturday 25 October, 2014

Taoiseach (and two Ministers) will meet with Louise O'Keeffe in 'the coming weeks'

It was originally hoped that this meeting would take place in September.

# minister-for-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.

There’s currently no obligation for doctors to have insurance but there soon will be

Does your doctor have medical indemnity insurance?

# minister-for-health - Tuesday 19 August, 2014

More patients should go home on the same day as having surgery (and Leo agrees)

Reduce waiting lists? Tick. Save money? Tick. The Minister for Health is all in favour.

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Poll: Should Varadkar have accepted the nurses’ challenge?

The Minister for Health turned down an offer to observe a 12-hour shift in an Emergency Department.

# minister-for-health - Monday 28 July, 2014

Calls for urgent meeting with Varadkar after serious failings at Mayo care home

The gardaí are investigating the sudden death of a 72-year-old man at the care home in 2012.

# minister-for-health - Friday 18 July, 2014

Child tanners banned from sunbeds

Topping up a tan using sunbeds will no longer be an option for under-18s as new legislation comes into force on Monday.

# minister-for-health - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

Calls for measures to be introduced to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020

There are currently more than 220,000 people in Ireland who are blind or vision impaired.

# minister-for-health - Friday 11 July, 2014

Varadkar: I don’t know if I’ll be able to turn the poison chalice into sweet wine HSE

Varadkar: I don’t know if I’ll be able to turn the poison chalice into sweet wine

The new Minister for Health says he will need a full financial year to turn the Department around – everything going to plan.

# minister-for-health - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

Taoiseach accused of 'insulting' morbidly obese people

Kenny faced questions from the opposition benches over a decision to suspend gastric band operations at a hospital.

# minister-for-health - Sunday 29 June, 2014

Tobacco company questions how much plain packaging will cost the State

TDs are due to debate a bill paving the way for plain packaging later this week.

# minister-for-health - Monday 23 June, 2014

Review of maternity services shelved in wake of hospital chair’s resignation

It had previously sparked fears that many of these units in the West/North West group would close.

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