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# Minister For Health

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# Health
Review of abortion services to go to Cabinet in coming weeks
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the review was ‘about improving access to services’.
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# healthcare workers
Booster programme to be extended 'more widely' as under-60s with chronic conditions likely next
It is expected that the rollout of booster jabs to healthcare workers could be completed in a number of weeks.
Dr Peter Boylan: The National Maternity Hospital deal is dead in the water, it's time for Plan B
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.
# Stephen Donnelly
Ambulance capacity to double as part of 'dedicated system' to vaccinate people who are housebound
Stephen Donnelly said that the National Ambulance Service capacity would be doubled as part of this.
# women's healthcare
Health minister announces 'see-and-treat' gynaecology services and 'advanced' endometriosis centre
These two health policies are recommendations from the Women’s Health Taskforce, established by the Department of Health in September 2019.
# mhq
Fully vaccinated people are to be exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine
The Minister for Health made the announcement this evening.
# prioritisation
Minister to ask NIAC to consider where family carers fit on vaccine priority list
Donnelly is particularly concerned about the situation for carers of children who are high risk.
# Stephen Donnelly
Health Minister warned of staff shortages by HSE in pre-Christmas message
Dr Lorraine Doherty wrote on 21 December that the Covid-19 situation was “deteriorating”.
# Covid-19
Ireland to get first 35,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine next week
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
Donnelly says Covid protocols in meat factories had been working as NPHET advice on restrictions published
New restrictions on people in the counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly came into effect from today, and will remain in place for two weeks.
# warning
Reduced cancer services due to Covid-19 pandemic 'unacceptable', says Irish Cancer Society
It was reported today that a Department of Health briefing warns of a major backlog in cancer treatments.
# Stephen Donnelly
CervicalCheck tribunal to begin 'without delay', says minister
The tribunal was delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
# green list
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.
# covid19
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.
# Influenza
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.
# roadmap
'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.
# regulation
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.
# Coronavirus
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.
# nursing homes ireland
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.
# Coronavirus
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.
# Covid-19
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.
# election 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.”
# Healthcare
'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.
# St James's Hospital
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.
# Patient Safety Bill
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.
# Simon Harris
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.
# Equality
'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.
# Cannabis
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.
# Measles
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.
# draft report
'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.
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.
# non-hazardous
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
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.
# Onwards and Upwards
'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.
# Explainer
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
# Co Kerry
'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.
# winter plan
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.
# Daycase Access Plan
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%.
'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.
# Cervical Cancer
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.