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#Simon Harris

# simon-harris - Tuesday 16 October, 2018

Judge recommends establishment of tribunal to deal with CervicalCheck claims

In his report, Justice Meenan recognises the “courage and fortitude” of the woman affected and their families.

# simon-harris - Friday 12 October, 2018

Number of people on hospital waiting lists reached over half a million last month

The NTPF’s figures also found that there had been a decrease of 1,471 patients waiting for an appointment for elective surgery

'They demanded her head on a plate': Harris says Fitzgerald deserves an apology from opposition leaders

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin have defended their actions of calling for the former Tánaiste’s resignation.

# simon-harris - Thursday 11 October, 2018

'It was not a lazy dodging': Former Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald vindicated by Charleton report

Fitzgerald resigned following controversy about what she knew of the Garda Commissioner’s legal strategy.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 10 October, 2018

Alcohol Bill, first published in 2015, finally passes through Oireachtas

The legislation provides for changes such as minimum pricing and restrictions on advertising.

# simon-harris - Friday 5 October, 2018

Fire in Bray destroys fleet of buses at special needs facility

It’s believed the fire was caused by an electrical fault.

Vast majority (94%) consent to take part in delayed smear test review

Figures show 1,300 letters were sent to women asking them to consent to be included in the review by RCOG.

# simon-harris - Thursday 4 October, 2018

Calls to remove all maternity costs for women as abortion legislation introduced in Dáil

Simon Harris told the Dáil that in legislating for abortion services in Ireland, they are ‘making history’.

Hiqa is looking at whether a PrEP programme can start in Ireland next year HIV

Hiqa is looking at whether a PrEP programme can start in Ireland next year

The health authority’s work is due to conclude next year, with a possible roll out soon after that.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 3 October, 2018

After 1,000 days of debate, the government's landmark alcohol legislation has been passed

The bill, first introduced in 2015, passed through the Dáil this evening.

Dr Peter Boylan appointed to assist HSE as it prepares to provide abortion services

Dr Boylan was an active repeal activist during the recent referendum campaign.

# simon-harris - Thursday 27 September, 2018

Cost of rolling out abortion services in Ireland will be 'significant', says Harris

The abortion legislation will be introduced in the Dáil next week

Giving women free access to the pill will require a change in the law

As part of this year’s budget talks, the minister plans to increase the availability of free condoms.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 26 September, 2018

'A cynical political attack': Ministers hit out at questioning over €317,000 President's allowance

Questions surrounding the payment were raised at the Public Accounts Committee yesterday.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 25 September, 2018

Cancer warning labels on alcohol products will not be ditched from Public Health Alcohol Bill

There were reports that warnings on alcohol products linking excessive consumption to fatal cancers were to be removed.

# simon-harris - Monday 24 September, 2018

Decision to not include cancer warnings on alcohol products an 'insult to those who have suffered from cancer'

Senator Frances Black was reacting to the news that cancer warning labels are expected to be dropped from the Alcohol Bill.

# simon-harris - Friday 21 September, 2018

Irish Cancer Society urges minister not to drop proposed cancer warning labels on alcohol products

Political parties are under pressure to weaken some aspects of the legislation.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 19 September, 2018

HPV test won't be rolled out until next year

The test was previously expected to be introduced this autumn.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 18 September, 2018

Parents urged to ask medical professionals about HPV vaccine instead of relying on 'misinformation'

The HSE launched a vaccine information campaign today, confirming two in three women are now being inoculated against the HPV virus.

New chairperson for HSE board as it prioritises 'building public trust and confidence'

The new board of the HSE will be accountable to the minister, the department of health said.

Irish professor's research finds failure rate of some vaginal mesh treatments 'unacceptably high'

The use of these devices has been suspended in Ireland pending the results of a review by the Chief Medical Officer.

# simon-harris - Thursday 13 September, 2018

Mental health patients to be re-examined due to emergency legislation to address 'unconstitutional' law

A total of 124 patients who have been involuntarily detained will have to be ex-examined by their consultant psychiatrists.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 12 September, 2018

Scally 'satisfied' with quality of testing in CervicalCheck labs

He also said how the families of the women affected were eventually told about the audit was “damaging, hurtful and offensive”.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 11 September, 2018

'I woke up to a whitewash': Vicky Phelan hits out at leaking of CervicalCheck review

“Information continues to be withheld from women and I will continue to fight back.”

'Heartbroken at the disrespect shown': Criticism after leak of Cervical Check review

The review has concluded a commission of investigation does not need to be established.

# simon-harris - Saturday 8 September, 2018

Fianna Fáil criticises Government after 92-year-old woman spends 25 hours on hospital chair

Gladys Cummins was in the geriatric ward of the Mater Hospital for over a day.

# simon-harris - Friday 7 September, 2018

Supreme Court decides not to hear challenge to 8th referendum vote, paving way for abortion legislation

The challenge was taken by a woman who complained about irregularities in voter numbers during the vote.

# simon-harris - Thursday 6 September, 2018

High Court quashes Harris's call for inquiry at National Maternity Hospital following patient death

Mr Justice Charles Meenan said it was irrational and unreasonable for the minister to direct such an investigation.

# simon-harris - Monday 3 September, 2018

'It's one less thing to worry about': HSE grants free GP service to 14,000 carers

The service applies to anyone who received carer’s allowance or carer’s benefit, but who do not hold a medical card.

# simon-harris - Saturday 1 September, 2018

'We always turn up and we always will': Ireland's frontline workers are getting their own day of recognition

National Services Day will take place annually on the first Saturday in September.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 29 August, 2018

Calls to move Presidential Inauguration date as it will clash with Armistice Day memorial

Labour and Sinn Féin said the date should be changed.

# simon-harris - Friday 10 August, 2018

'It's a disgrace': Brother Kevin blasts moving homeless out of Dublin for Pope visit

The founder of the Capuchin Day Centre says Pope Francis would be entirely against homeless being moved out of the capital.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 8 August, 2018

Patients to be told how long they'll spend on a waiting list under new 'guarantee' scheme

The waiting list guarantee policy will kick in next year.

Simon Harris: Women from North will be allowed access to abortion services in Republic

The Abortion Rights Campaign has said the announcement, while welcome, is not a solution to the abortion issue in Northern Ireland.

Minister on bishop's comments: 'Contraception is fact of life now for women'

Mary Mitchell O’Conner said she agreed with the health minister that religion should not determine health and social policy in Ireland.

# simon-harris - Sunday 5 August, 2018

'Please just make it stop!': Simon Harris hits back at Bishop over contraception comments

The Health Minister said that religion will not determine health and social policy in Ireland any more.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 31 July, 2018

Ruth Morrissey's situation 'more hopeful' as doctors plan course of radical radiotherapy

Ruth Morrissey has been told her cancer will progress to terminal within a year.

# simon-harris - Monday 30 July, 2018

Taoiseach says he 'should have been clearer' over CervicalCheck court comments

Varadkar promised in May that pending cases over the ongoing scandal would be be dealt with through mediation.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 24 July, 2018

Ireland to pause use of transvaginal mesh after 'understandable public anxiety'

Thousands of women across the world have suffered complications after having a vaginal mesh device implanted.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 18 July, 2018

Doctors say emergency departments are 'death zones' due to overcrowding

The Irish Medical Organisation has said that additional resources are needed immediately.

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