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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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? This post contains a poll

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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'

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.

# minister-for-health - Sunday 26 August, 2018

'I will hold the HSE responsible if no ambulance is available for my sick partner'

A review found that additional staff are needed in order for the NAS to meet response time targets.

# minister-for-health - Monday 21 May, 2018

Harris: Some No campaigners 'trying to take Ireland back to Dark Ages on mental health'

The Health Minister joined the Masters of Ireland’s two main maternity hospitals in calling for a Yes vote in Friday’s referendum today.

# minister-for-health - 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.

# minister-for-health - Tuesday 6 February, 2018

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.

# minister-for-health - Wednesday 31 January, 2018

'The seizures are gone - his smiles are back': Mother pens letter to Minister after treating son with CBD oil

Noreen O’Neill said her son has been seizure-free for more than a fortnight.

# 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.

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