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#Simon Harris

# simon-harris - Tuesday 13 February, 2018

Ireland plans to work with other countries to drive down the cost of expensive medicines

Ireland is to open negotiations with four countries on drug pricing and supply.

# simon-harris - Monday 12 February, 2018

Simon Harris confirms HSE review of foetal monitors in 11 hospitals

Harris sought to ensure expectant mothers that all the hospitals have been “reissued with the guidance” over the machines.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 6 February, 2018

Taoiseach 'disappointed' Holles Street wants to go to court to stop inquiry into death of pregnant woman

Malak Thawley died in 2016 during surgery for an ectopic pregnancy.

Major traumas will be sent to hospitals in either Dublin or Cork under new plan Er

Major traumas will be sent to hospitals in either Dublin or Cork under new plan

A specialist trauma unit will also be located in a third location.

GPs will be permitted to conscientiously object to providing abortion services, Harris says

The government has said it wants terminations to be a ‘GP-led’ service.

# simon-harris - Monday 5 February, 2018

Some GPs are 'outraged' that they're being expected to lead abortion services

The government wants terminations to be a ‘GP-led’ service.

# simon-harris - Monday 29 January, 2018

Marathon Cabinet meeting on abortion comes to an end after four hours

Several cabinet members have yet to publicly state their stances on the referendum.

# simon-harris - 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.

Do you have what it takes to reform the Irish health service? You can apply for this job

The government needs someone to drive the 10-year plan to transform how healthcare is delivered in Ireland.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 10 January, 2018

Varadkar doesn't want anyone to face 'indignity' caused by waiting on a trolley

The Taoiseach said he was speaking as both a doctor and a grandson whose grandmother is “regularly in and out of hospital”.

# simon-harris - Monday 8 January, 2018

Private hospital beds to be used to ease Emergency Department overcrowding

Many emergency departments are experiencing very high numbers of patients presenting at hospital.

# simon-harris - Thursday 4 January, 2018

'This isn't a trolley crisis - It's a system in meltdown': Minister's commitments 'worthless' say doctors

The Taoiseach apologised for the current crisis today, while Minister Simon Harris called it “unacceptable”.

# simon-harris - 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.

# simon-harris - 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.

# simon-harris - 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.

# simon-harris - Saturday 16 December, 2017

Plastic surgery clinics to be regulated under new licensing plan

The new laws will give Hiqa more powers to investigate both public and private hospitals.

# simon-harris - Friday 15 December, 2017

UK watchdog says vaginal mesh to treat prolapse should be banned

Procedures using vaginal mesh implants have been carried out on women in Ireland since the late 90s and are still performed today.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 29 November, 2017

Children with rare disorder attend Dáil as Harris says drug company must act in an ethical manner

The HSE made a decision earlier this month not to add it to the reimbursement list.

# simon-harris - Saturday 18 November, 2017

'We shouldn't have to beg': Irish mothers' fight to be heard on drug linked to birth defects

Women who took an epilepsy drug while pregnant say they were not told it could harm their babies.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 15 November, 2017

'The system is not adequate': Government sets up new way to judge medicines for rare diseases

Many drugs for rare diseases have been ruled as not “cost-effective” under existing criteria.

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.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 14 November, 2017

Ireland must wait for the North before banning the sale of cheap alcohol

Simon Harris says he won’t be “holding off on it forever”.

# simon-harris - Monday 13 November, 2017

Health minister says the €60 price tag to see a GP is too expensive

The minister said he would not compromise on his view that such fees are too high.

Irish Coast Guard and Air Corps no longer able to transport patients to UK at night

‘Priority 1′ transfers involve transporting patients by air to another country for emergency medical treatment.

Harris says he's not in the job to be popular - but what did former health ministers make of it?

As 45% of people say they don’t have confidence in Harris as health minister, we ask former office holders to reflect on their time in the job.

# simon-harris - Thursday 9 November, 2017

Minister Zappone to raise Irish women's vaginal mesh complications with Simon Harris

Concerns about procedures using these devices have been raised in recent months amid international scrutiny and hundreds of law suits.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 8 November, 2017

How much salt we have in stock and other Important Things to know about winter

Ministers were giving their annual ‘Winter Ready’ update today. We appear to have plenty of salt.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 7 November, 2017

'We are facing into a cancer epidemic': More people are surviving, but diagnoses continue to rise Ageing Population This post contains videos

'We are facing into a cancer epidemic': More people are surviving, but diagnoses continue to rise

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both women and men.

# simon-harris - Sunday 29 October, 2017

'A bizarre choice': Labour says the new children's hospital shouldn't be called Phoenix

Leader Brendan Howlin said the word had “no linkage to Irish history or culture”.

# simon-harris - Thursday 26 October, 2017

Taoiseach asks ministers to examine if Irish statistics on sexual violence need updating

There have been calls for the SAVI report, commissioned 15 years ago, to be updated.

Demand for every kind of health service in Ireland is set to go through the roof in the next 13 years

According to the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) Ireland’s rapidly growing (and ageing) population will create a huge demand for healthcare by 2030.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 25 October, 2017

Simon Harris declares a 'public health emergency' for superbug

“We have seen a rapid and worrying increase,” said the Health Minister.

# simon-harris - Monday 23 October, 2017

The new children's hospital will be called... Phoenix Children's Health

The project is projected to cost over €1 billion in full and is due to be completed in 2021.

# simon-harris - Saturday 7 October, 2017

With nearly 700,000 on waiting lists, Harris pledges more investment in health services

Harris told consultants that Irish healthcare is at a “historic juncture” in a speech today.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 4 October, 2017

Minister: Hospital followed procedure in case of man who suffered heart attack after being turned away

In August, a Wicklow man suffered a heart attack hours after being refused treatment at a hospital.

# simon-harris - Monday 2 October, 2017

Patients 'have a right to ask doctors and nurses if they have received the flu vaccine'

Health Minister Simon Harris said just one third of all health workers got the vaccine last year.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 27 September, 2017

Children with scoliosis on waiting lists more than 4 months given option to go abroad for surgery

A new theatre at Crumlin Hospital which deals with surgeries is only open three days a week.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 26 September, 2017

Steroid abuse: Simon Harris wants gym owners to help combat problem

Steroid addiction is on the rise in Ireland.

# simon-harris - Monday 25 September, 2017

A fruit snack, a glass of milk: Salty or sugary school meals won't get funding

Schools are recommended to serve water and milk to children as part of the programme.

# simon-harris - Saturday 23 September, 2017

Costs for local shops and the Guinness Christmas ad... just two stumbling blocks facing alcohol bill

The bill seeks to restrict the sale and advertising of alcohol across the country.

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