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#Simon Harris

# simon-harris - Wednesday 11 December, 2019

Hospitals granted 190 extra beds in bid to tackle winter pressure

An initial tranche of 83 beds have been approved for opening.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 10 December, 2019

Simon Harris 'not worried' amid speculation he could be next to face no confidence vote

Opposition members are understood to be considering tabling a motion of no confidence against the health minister in the new year.

# simon-harris - Monday 9 December, 2019

'We're on to you': Harris says flavoured e-cigarettes target children and he wants them banned

Some vaping packaging is trying to make it attractive to children, according to the health minister.

Simon Harris says former TD Dara Murphy should pay back some of his expenses

Questions still hang over who will carry out the review into Murphy’s expense claims.

# simon-harris - 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.

# simon-harris - 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.

# simon-harris - Monday 2 December, 2019

Two medicinal cannabis products approved for use in Ireland

It is hoped it will only be a matter of weeks before patients can use the products.

# simon-harris - Sunday 1 December, 2019

There have been over 470 new diagnoses of HIV in Ireland so far this year

Today, 1 December, marks World AIDS Day 2019.

# simon-harris - 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.

# simon-harris - Saturday 23 November, 2019

Doctors say criminal sanctions in new open disclosure law will 'generate fear'

Healthcare providers will have a duty to disclose serious patient safety incidents and failure to comply could result in a fine or imprisonment.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 19 November, 2019

HSE checking all Irish vaping products for ingredient linked to US illnesses

More than 1,000 cases of vaping-related lung illnesses have been reported in the US, with 42 confirmed deaths in 24 states.

# simon-harris - Monday 18 November, 2019

Simon Harris: Injecting centres do not legitimise drug use - if we're serious about tackling addiction we must establish one

The Minister for Health says that the government must and will shoulder its responsibilities in this area.

# simon-harris - Thursday 14 November, 2019

'You don't know what's in them': Warning against buying medicines on the internet as over 350,000 pills seized

There has been a steady decline in the number of medicines seized in the last three years.

Simon Harris considering banning ads for vaping products near schools and playgrounds

Measures to restrict alcohol advertisements around children came into effect this week.

# simon-harris - Monday 11 November, 2019

Poll: Is legislation banning alcohol advertising near schools and creches a good idea? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Is legislation banning alcohol advertising near schools and creches a good idea?

From Wednesday, there will be a ban on alcohol advertising within 200 metres of a school.

# simon-harris - Saturday 9 November, 2019

Vatican 'still hasn't granted permission' for Sisters of Charity pull out from maternity hospital site

Dr Peter Boylan made the claim in a new book to be published next week.

# simon-harris - Friday 8 November, 2019

'Bear it in mind': Harris was contacted about vaping by minister and FG colleague

The Health Minister has said he has no intention of meeting with vaping companies.

# simon-harris - Monday 4 November, 2019

Regulations to allow same sex parents register both their names on their child's birth cert to be signed today

Law will allow same sex parents register both their names on their child’s birth cert from May 5th 2020.

Companies that break new alcohol advertisement rules will face fines and jail time

Alcohol ads will be banned near schools, creches and playgrounds from next week.

# simon-harris - Thursday 31 October, 2019

Maria Bailey's spot on Fine Gael election ticket in jeopardy after crunch constituency meeting

A large number of the party’s members took the secret ballot in a Dun Laoghaire hotel this evening.

# simon-harris - 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.

# simon-harris - Thursday 17 October, 2019

'Absolutely outrageous' that promised public fertility fund still not finalised

Department of Health says rollout of €1 million fund announced last year ‘under consideration’.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 16 October, 2019

Patients with rare cancer say it's 'disgraceful' consultant role hasn't been filled for over two years

The Sarcoma Action & Support Group has called for Health Minister Simon Harris to intervene.

Opt-out organ donation plan accused of 'misleading the public'

The plans will be debated at the Oireachtas Health Committee today.

# simon-harris - Monday 7 October, 2019

Minister sets up period poverty committee: 'Menstruation is not a choice'

The health minister said women are facing significant costs paying for sanitary products.

# simon-harris - Thursday 3 October, 2019

Alternative brands can replace medicines if they become unavailable after Brexit

The Irish Pharmaceutical Union and the health minister said no medicine shortages have been identified.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 2 October, 2019

Harris hits out at politicians trying to get him to meet vaping company reps

The minister said tobacco companies are ‘despicable’ for targeting children with e-cigarettes.

'Beyond crisis point': Limerick hospital breaks record for number of patients waiting on trolleys

Last month, Limerick had over 1,400 patients without beds.

# simon-harris - Thursday 26 September, 2019

Drew Harris says existing legislation adequate in dealing with protests outside abortion centres

In July, Minister Simon Harris said exclusion zones outside hospitals and GP surgeries will be a “major priority”.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 25 September, 2019

Over a thousand names added to home help waiting list in space of four months as total surges to 7,300

The latest HSE figures from July show that 7,300 people are waiting on home support services.

# simon-harris - Friday 20 September, 2019

Calories on menus 'make people order and eat less food'

Calorie counters on menus caused a 37% drop in calories consumed, according to an ESRI study.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 18 September, 2019

A 10% increase in nursing home places would reduce hospital stays by 19,000 days

An ERSI report says that a 10% increase in the supply of home would increase hospital bed availability dramatically.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 10 September, 2019

Harris says National Children's Hospital will open as planned in 2023, despite reported delays

The project has been mired in controversy over spiralling costs.

Harris says social media companies should ban accounts that spread misinformation about vaccines Mandatory Vaccinations This post contains videos

Harris says social media companies should ban accounts that spread misinformation about vaccines

Facebook says certain hashtags are banned and ads rejected in a bid to stop misinformation from gaining traction.

# simon-harris - Monday 9 September, 2019

Harris asks social media companies and sporting organisations to help raise vaccine awareness HPV

Harris asks social media companies and sporting organisations to help raise vaccine awareness

The health minister sent letters to companies like Facebook and Google in recent weeks.

# simon-harris - Monday 2 September, 2019

Taoiseach accused of 'window dressing exercise' as HSE spending plan announced

Leo Varadkar insisted some politicians had been “scaremongering” over the children’s hospital overspend.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 28 August, 2019

Harris smooths out rift with dentists over how to roll out free dental care for kids

Harris has said free dental care for children will begin to be rolled out from next year

Minister commits to paying patient advocates for their time and work

A new remuneration policy will be announced next month.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 27 August, 2019

Simon Harris to meet social media companies in a bid to make them do more to debunk vaccine myths

Harris is considering advice from the Attorney General on mandatory vaccination.

Family of Laura Brennan say today is a 'bittersweet day' as the HPV vaccine is extended to boys HPV

Family of Laura Brennan say today is a 'bittersweet day' as the HPV vaccine is extended to boys

First-year students will be able to get the HPV vaccine this September.

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