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#Simon Harris

# simon-harris - Yesterday’s News

Bishop says new maternity hospital should obey rules of Catholic Church

Health Minister Simon Harris has insisted the hospital will be independently run.

'If you want to give medical advice on vaccinations, become a doctor. If not, get out of the way'

Simon Harris was addressing doctors at the Irish Medical Organisation AGM yesterday.

# simon-harris - Saturday 22 April, 2017

Accused of being 'hapless, helpless and hopeless', Harris wants 'cool heads' on maternity hospital

Addressing doctors today, Minister Harris sought to provide assurances on the project.

# simon-harris - Friday 21 April, 2017

Should drink drivers get an automatic ban? Doctors will be debating that today IMO

Should drink drivers get an automatic ban? Doctors will be debating that today

The Irish Medical Organisation’s AGM is happening in Galway.

# simon-harris - 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.

Ex-hospital master to Simon Harris: 'Ask nuns about their plans for €300m hospital'

Dr. Peter Boylan says the minister must quiz the Sisters of Charity.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 19 April, 2017

Over 70,000 sign petition to prevent Sisters of Charity becoming owners of maternity hospital

The Department of Health has insisted the new hospital will be independently run.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 18 April, 2017

'No religious influence': Harris defends new maternity hospital ownership in face of criticism

The Master of the new National Maternity Hospital said the facility will “revolutionise healthcare”.

# simon-harris - Monday 17 April, 2017

'It robs you of your very being': Life with the invisible illness Fibromyalgia This post contains videos

'It robs you of your very being': Life with the invisible illness

Jo Allen has a chronic pain condition and has been getting some relief from cannabis-derived medicine.

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.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 11 April, 2017

'Life changing' cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi will be available from next month

Simon Harris made the announcement today in the Dáil.

# simon-harris - Thursday 6 April, 2017

'We're not going to have a general election over water' - Could this be the row to take down the government?

Health Minister Simon Harris said that the events of the last 24 hours were “very concerning”.

# simon-harris - Monday 3 April, 2017

'After the transplant, I looked in the mirror and my eyes weren’t yellow anymore, they were white'

Shauna Morrissey has cystic fibrosis and is campaigning for an opt-out organ donation system.

# simon-harris - Thursday 30 March, 2017

'It is soul-destroying to see my daughter crying every day with the pain in her back'

Karen and Sarah-Ann Cline-Mitchell met with the Minister for Health yesterday to find out when she will get a date for her operation.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 29 March, 2017

Woman with intellectual disabilties left in foster home for two years after claims of sexual abuse

Yesterday, Cabinet was informed about new disability protocols which will cost €7 million per year.

From September, all cigarette packs sold in Ireland will look the same

This makes part of effort to have Ireland tobacco free by 2025.

# simon-harris - Saturday 25 March, 2017

'The damage is done, a piece of his spine will have to be removed' Scoliosis This post contains videos

'The damage is done, a piece of his spine will have to be removed'

Tommy Long is one of over 200 children waiting for scoliosis surgery in Ireland.

# simon-harris - Thursday 23 March, 2017

Teen who spoke about scoliosis pain on the Late Late Show will finally get her surgery today Megan Halvey-ryan This post contains videos

Teen who spoke about scoliosis pain on the Late Late Show will finally get her surgery today

Megan Halvey-Ryan’s surgery has been delayed several times before.

# simon-harris - 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.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 21 March, 2017

'My daughter is seriously in need of this medication' - Vera Twomey is coming back to the Dáil

Twomey says nothing will happen until the law is changed.

# simon-harris - Monday 13 March, 2017

Pressure mounts on Church to 'pay up' on sexual abuse redress as Taoiseach says 'get on with it'

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Church needs to reflect on the commitment it made in 2002.

# simon-harris - Thursday 9 March, 2017

Vera Twomey urges Simon Harris to contact her after being given 'irrelevant' information to help Ava

Twomey said that, following Tuesday’s meeting in Leinster House, she was given inadequate documents by the HSE.

# simon-harris - Monday 6 March, 2017

Simon Harris rules himself out but Frances Fitzgerald gearing up for Fine Gael leadership battle

The Minister for Health has put an end to speculation about his future.

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.

# simon-harris - Friday 3 March, 2017

Vera Twomey battles tonsillitis and crippling pain to make it to Kilkenny

The mother hopes to arrive at Dáil Éireann on Tuesday.

'Epidemics' of TB and pneumonia could hit Ireland due to antibiotic resistance Superbugs This post contains videos

'Epidemics' of TB and pneumonia could hit Ireland due to antibiotic resistance

Misuse and overuse of medication will “almost certainly lead to a health crisis”, it has been warned.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 28 February, 2017

Prescriptions are going to be cheaper for over-70s with a medical card from tomorrow

Those eligible are advised to make themselves known to pharmacy staff so they can benefit from this reduction.

Mother on protest walk from Cork to Dublin for second time to get her child medicinal cannabis

Vera Twomey is entering day two of the 260km protest walk.

Dentists call for regular teeth screenings in schools to avoid 'traumatic' extractions

Thousands of children have teeth extracted under general anaesthetic each year.

# simon-harris - Saturday 25 February, 2017

Simon Harris defends use of prefabs on hospital sites

It is planned that prefabs would be used in order to deal with overcrowding.

# simon-harris - Thursday 23 February, 2017

'I'm done for, because I can't get that for Ava': Vera Twomey makes heartfelt plea in radio interview

Vera Twomey met with Health Minister Simon Harris today.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 21 February, 2017

Taoiseach told 'several children have died' waiting for Orkambi drug decision

Orkambi is estimated to cost €159,000 per patient.

# simon-harris - Monday 20 February, 2017

Ming Flanagan: 'Our Minister for Health is like the God of the Old Testament - mean'

The Minister for Health has published a report announcing the programme for cannabis-based treatments. It doesn’t go far enough, writes Luke Ming Flanagan.

# simon-harris - Sunday 19 February, 2017

Ireland's healthcare system: What exactly are we doing wrong?

Where is Ireland’s healthcare system going wrong, and what can we do to turn it around?

# simon-harris - Friday 10 February, 2017

As it happened: Political turmoil over the Maurice McCabe whistleblowing smears

Pressure is increasing on government ministers and Tusla over who knew what about the Maurice McCabe story.

Zappone says she met Maurice McCabe over false Tusla file

Maurice McCabe was told that he was being investigated for sexual abuse, but was later told it was a mistake.

Health authority recommends medicinal cannabis to be made available for "specified conditions"

It has been recommended in the treatment of conditions such as multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.

We used to screen for scoliosis in schools, so why was it stopped?

Health Minister Simon Harris says the hew HSE action plan will review if the screening programme can be re-introduced.

# simon-harris - 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.

# simon-harris - 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”.

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