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# minister-for-health - Tuesday 2 November, 2021

Booster programme to be extended 'more widely' as under-60s with chronic conditions likely next
# Healthcare Workers
# Healthcare Workers

Booster programme to be extended 'more widely' as under-60s with chronic conditions likely next

Updated Nov 2nd 2021, 3:38 PM 23,007 Views 20 Comments

It is expected that the rollout of booster jabs to healthcare workers could be completed in a number of weeks.

# minister-for-health - Wednesday 23 June, 2021

Dr Peter Boylan: The National Maternity Hospital deal is dead in the water, it's time for Plan B
# Opinion
# Opinion

Dr Peter Boylan: The National Maternity Hospital deal is dead in the water, it's time for Plan B

Jun 23rd 2021, 7:23 PM 35,027 Views 43 Comments

The former Master of the National Maternity Hospital says the Catholic ethos will never meet with that of the State and it’s time to move on.

# minister-for-health - Friday 23 April, 2021

Ambulance capacity to double as part of 'dedicated system' to vaccinate people who are housebound
# Stephen Donnelly
# Stephen Donnelly

Ambulance capacity to double as part of 'dedicated system' to vaccinate people who are housebound

Apr 23rd 2021, 9:16 PM 10,579 Views 15 Comments

Stephen Donnelly said that the National Ambulance Service capacity would be doubled as part of this.

# minister-for-health - Wednesday 21 April, 2021

Health minister announces 'see-and-treat' gynaecology services and 'advanced' endometriosis centre
# Women's Healthcare
# Women's Healthcare

Health minister announces 'see-and-treat' gynaecology services and 'advanced' endometriosis centre

Apr 21st 2021, 10:34 PM 27,027 Views 25 Comments

These two health policies are recommendations from the Women’s Health Taskforce, established by the Department of Health in September 2019.

# minister-for-health - Thursday 15 April, 2021

Fully vaccinated people are to be exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine
# Mhq
# Mhq

Fully vaccinated people are to be exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine

Apr 15th 2021, 8:02 PM 79,347 Views 114 Comments

The Minister for Health made the announcement this evening.

# minister-for-health - Thursday 25 February, 2021

Minister to ask NIAC to consider where family carers fit on vaccine priority list
# Prioritisation
# Prioritisation

Minister to ask NIAC to consider where family carers fit on vaccine priority list

Feb 25th 2021, 8:11 PM 16,079 Views 26 Comments

Donnelly is particularly concerned about the situation for carers of children who are high risk.

# minister-for-health - Wednesday 10 February, 2021

Health Minister warned of staff shortages by HSE in pre-Christmas message
# Stephen Donnelly
# Stephen Donnelly

Health Minister warned of staff shortages by HSE in pre-Christmas message

Feb 10th 2021, 6:15 AM 13,885 Views 13 Comments

Dr Lorraine Doherty wrote on 21 December that the Covid-19 situation was “deteriorating”.

# minister-for-health - Tuesday 2 February, 2021

Ireland to get first 35,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine next week
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Ireland to get first 35,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine next week

Updated Feb 2nd 2021, 11:20 AM 45,744 Views 101 Comments

Stephen Donnelly said that 1.1 million doses of Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccines are to be delivered by the end of March.

# minister-for-health - Saturday 8 August, 2020

Donnelly says Covid protocols in meat factories had been working as NPHET advice on restrictions published
# Minister For Health
# Minister For Health

Donnelly says Covid protocols in meat factories had been working as NPHET advice on restrictions published

Updated Aug 8th 2020, 2:10 PM 42,952 Views 108 Comments

New restrictions on people in the counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly came into effect from today, and will remain in place for two weeks.

# minister-for-health - Thursday 6 August, 2020

Reduced cancer services due to Covid-19 pandemic 'unacceptable', says Irish Cancer Society
# Warning
# Warning

Reduced cancer services due to Covid-19 pandemic 'unacceptable', says Irish Cancer Society

Aug 6th 2020, 1:01 PM 11,899 Views 26 Comments

It was reported today that a Department of Health briefing warns of a major backlog in cancer treatments.

# minister-for-health - Friday 31 July, 2020

CervicalCheck tribunal to begin 'without delay', says minister
# Stephen Donnelly
# Stephen Donnelly

CervicalCheck tribunal to begin 'without delay', says minister

Jul 31st 2020, 7:38 PM 11,656 Views 6 Comments

The tribunal was delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

# minister-for-health - Thursday 2 July, 2020

Mandatory quarantine for those arriving into Ireland 'not workable' says Leo Varadkar
# Green List
# Green List

Mandatory quarantine for those arriving into Ireland 'not workable' says Leo Varadkar

Updated Jul 2nd 2020, 12:00 PM 105,382 Views 195 Comments

Air bridges with other countries will be discussed by the Cabinet next Monday.

# minister-for-health - Thursday 11 June, 2020

Health Minister says virus reproductive rate 'staying remarkably stable'
# Covid19
# Covid19

Health Minister says virus reproductive rate 'staying remarkably stable'

Jun 11th 2020, 2:50 PM 16,165 Views 22 Comments

Harris told the Dáil that the R number is now between 0.4 and 0.8.

# minister-for-health - Monday 18 May, 2020

Free flu vaccine will be available for children aged 2-12 this winter
# Influenza
# Influenza

Free flu vaccine will be available for children aged 2-12 this winter

May 18th 2020, 10:49 AM 30,786 Views 81 Comments

The vaccine will also be free for people in at-risk groups and those aged 70 and over.

'Highly unlikely' weddings of up to 100 people allowed by July, Simon Harris says
# Roadmap
# Roadmap

'Highly unlikely' weddings of up to 100 people allowed by July, Simon Harris says

May 18th 2020, 9:15 AM 38,145 Views 48 Comments

Small weddings are due to be permitted by 20 July, according to the government roadmap out of lockdown.

# minister-for-health - Tuesday 12 May, 2020

Simon Harris: We need more measures to 'toughen up' on self-isolation for people entering country
# Regulation
# Regulation

Simon Harris: We need more measures to 'toughen up' on self-isolation for people entering country

May 12th 2020, 11:18 AM 26,451 Views 55 Comments

The minister said he would like this requirement backed up by the law.

# minister-for-health - Wednesday 1 April, 2020

Staff health checks and more PPE for nursing home staff, but representative group says test results still too slow
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Staff health checks and more PPE for nursing home staff, but representative group says test results still too slow

Apr 1st 2020, 9:32 AM 20,225 Views 66 Comments

Simon Harris has said a lot of the new measures are “already underway” in nursing homes.

# minister-for-health - Monday 30 March, 2020

Minister Simon Harris 'to immediately address' PPE shortages in nursing homes
# Nursing Homes Ireland
# Nursing Homes Ireland

Minister Simon Harris 'to immediately address' PPE shortages in nursing homes

Updated Mar 30th 2020, 9:30 PM 38,404 Views 57 Comments

Minister Simon Harris met with representatives of nursing homes today to discuss their role in the Covid-19 crisis.

# minister-for-health - Monday 23 March, 2020

Government concerned about weekend crowds but further restrictions won't be based on 'what's trending on Twitter'
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Government concerned about weekend crowds but further restrictions won't be based on 'what's trending on Twitter'

Updated Mar 23rd 2020, 2:15 PM 153,613 Views 132 Comments

It is expected that further recommendations will be made by public health officials tomorrow.

# minister-for-health - Monday 24 February, 2020

Coronavirus: Advice about Ireland v Italy Six Nations game and other public events to be reviewed today, says Harris
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Coronavirus: Advice about Ireland v Italy Six Nations game and other public events to be reviewed today, says Harris

Feb 24th 2020, 12:04 PM 45,187 Views 56 Comments

The Department of Health will review its advice in relation to mass gatherings today.

# minister-for-health - Thursday 9 January, 2020

'This government's race is firmly ran': Independent TDs plan no-confidence motion in Simon Harris
# Election 2020
# Election 2020

'This government's race is firmly ran': Independent TDs plan no-confidence motion in Simon Harris

Jan 9th 2020, 11:07 AM 25,074 Views 97 Comments

The Minister for Health responded to the no-confidence threat with: “I don’t have any confidence in Michael Collins, we don’t agree on much.”

# minister-for-health - Sunday 5 January, 2020

'Not realistic': Free GP care for under 13s questioned by medical group
# Healthcare
# Healthcare

'Not realistic': Free GP care for under 13s questioned by medical group

Updated Jan 5th 2020, 4:29 PM 27,070 Views 74 Comments

Six and seven-year-olds would receive free care from this year under proposed legislation.

# minister-for-health - Wednesday 4 December, 2019

Wording was 'a bit off, to put it midly' on hospital posters for cash prizes, says Harris
# St James's Hospital
# St James's Hospital

Wording was 'a bit off, to put it midly' on hospital posters for cash prizes, says Harris

Dec 4th 2019, 11:30 AM 29,023 Views 80 Comments

St James’s Hospital has been advertising prizes for wards that discharge patients before 11am.

# minister-for-health - Tuesday 3 December, 2019

Patient Safety Bill put forward by Simon Harris has been approved by Cabinet
# Patient Safety Bill
# Patient Safety Bill

Patient Safety Bill put forward by Simon Harris has been approved by Cabinet

Updated Dec 3rd 2019, 5:35 PM 7,640 Views 19 Comments

This Bill would make it mandatory for the health service provider to put forward information on incidents of patient safety.

# minister-for-health - Monday 25 November, 2019

Social media companies agree to liase with Department of Health on tackling anti-vaccine misinformation
# Simon Harris
# Simon Harris

Social media companies agree to liase with Department of Health on tackling anti-vaccine misinformation

Updated Nov 25th 2019, 6:35 PM 17,069 Views 146 Comments

Minister for Health Simon Harris met with Facebook, Google and Twitter today.

# minister-for-health - Monday 21 October, 2019

'What we have in Ireland is not equal': Same-sex parents call for more legal rights to their children
# Equality
# Equality

'What we have in Ireland is not equal': Same-sex parents call for more legal rights to their children

Oct 21st 2019, 2:32 PM 21,184 Views 68 Comments

The protest was held this afternoon outside the Department of Health building in Dublin.

# minister-for-health - Tuesday 7 May, 2019

The Explainer: Can Ireland grow its own medicinal cannabis?
# Cannabis
# Cannabis

The Explainer: Can Ireland grow its own medicinal cannabis?

May 7th 2019, 6:10 AM 11,218 Views 12 Comments

This will make it significantly less of a grey area in Irish law – and it could also herald the start of the Irish cannabis industry.

# minister-for-health - Friday 26 April, 2019

Simon Harris has asked the Attorney General to look at mandatory vaccinations
# Measles
# Measles

Simon Harris has asked the Attorney General to look at mandatory vaccinations

Apr 26th 2019, 1:00 PM 33,862 Views 171 Comments

Earlier this week, it was announced that Ireland had experienced a 204% increase in cases of measles.

# minister-for-health - Tuesday 23 April, 2019

'Time to act': HIQA report finds PrEP programme to reduce HIV rates would be cheaper and more effective
# Draft Report
# Draft Report

'Time to act': HIQA report finds PrEP programme to reduce HIV rates would be cheaper and more effective

Apr 23rd 2019, 11:39 AM 10,230 Views 22 Comments

A draft report on the introduction of the programme was published today.

# minister-for-health - Tuesday 5 March, 2019

Opinion: A million people have no health cover as low-paid families are excluded from access to the medical card
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: A million people have no health cover as low-paid families are excluded from access to the medical card

Mar 5th 2019, 7:00 AM 34,277 Views 94 Comments

Since 2012 there has been a 66% increase in the number of people with no private or public health cover, writes Feilim O’Rourke.

# minister-for-health - Monday 4 March, 2019

Dept of Health declared safe after non-hazardous white powder discovery prompts evacuation
# Non-hazardous
# Non-hazardous

Dept of Health declared safe after non-hazardous white powder discovery prompts evacuation

Updated Mar 4th 2019, 4:30 PM 62,072 Views 99 Comments

Technicians from the Defence Forces have confirmed that the powder was non-hazardous

# minister-for-health - Tuesday 19 February, 2019

Poll: Should the Dáil vote for confidence in Health Minister Simon Harris?

Poll: Should the Dáil vote for confidence in Health Minister Simon Harris?

Feb 19th 2019, 10:21 AM 40,664 Views 132 Comments

Fianna Fáil TDs have reportedly been urged by the party whip to attend the vote tomorrow evening.

# minister-for-health - Saturday 16 February, 2019

'I'm happy for the project to continue': Simon Harris rules out re-tendering children's hospital
# Onwards And Upwards
# Onwards And Upwards

'I'm happy for the project to continue': Simon Harris rules out re-tendering children's hospital

Feb 16th 2019, 12:09 PM 18,757 Views 98 Comments

The Minister was responding to a statement by BAM that suggested it would pull out of the contract if the Government wanted.

# minister-for-health - Saturday 9 February, 2019

Costs, changes and controversies: The decades-long saga behind the NCH
# Explainer
# Explainer

Costs, changes and controversies: The decades-long saga behind the NCH

Feb 9th 2019, 7:30 AM 16,484 Views 32 Comments

The controversy over the costs of the project is just the latest in a series of problems to affect the project

# minister-for-health - Thursday 6 December, 2018

'His family believes that if his cancer was detected in any of the 3 x-rays, his prognosis wouldn't be terminal'
# Co Kerry
# Co Kerry

'His family believes that if his cancer was detected in any of the 3 x-rays, his prognosis wouldn't be terminal'

Dec 6th 2018, 2:38 PM 13,467 Views 23 Comments

Thousands of scans affecting 26,000 patients were reviewed – of those, 11 people’s cancer diagnoses were delayed, it was found.

HSE wants to see patients as quickly as possible this winter - but admits it has no targets to do so
# Winter Plan
# Winter Plan

HSE wants to see patients as quickly as possible this winter - but admits it has no targets to do so

Dec 6th 2018, 2:18 PM 6,978 Views 20 Comments

The executive published its €30m Winter Plan for 2018/19 today.

# minister-for-health - Friday 16 November, 2018

Simon Harris acknowledges there is 'more work to be done' as inpatient waiting lists fall across Ireland
# Daycase Access Plan
# Daycase Access Plan

Simon Harris acknowledges there is 'more work to be done' as inpatient waiting lists fall across Ireland

Nov 16th 2018, 6:14 PM 9,572 Views 39 Comments

The number of patients waiting more than 9 months for treatment has reduced by 38%.

# minister-for-health - Wednesday 26 September, 2018

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

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

Sep 26th 2018, 3:05 PM 15,458 Views 57 Comments

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

# minister-for-health - Tuesday 18 September, 2018

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

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

Sep 18th 2018, 5:34 PM 8,423 Views 30 Comments

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'
# Ciarán Devane
# Ciarán Devane

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

Sep 18th 2018, 4:14 PM 5,872 Views 18 Comments

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

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