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# Stephen Donnelly

Last week
7th July 2024 - 13th July 2024
Hospital consultants working more hours but seeing fewer patients now than 2016 projections
This month
July 2024
Parents' group calls on Minister to disband board of Children's Health Ireland
Fund to cut children's spinal surgery wait lists was not used as intended, says Martin
Free contraception now available for women aged 32-35
Last month
June 2024
Expanding free IVF scheme to include couples who use donor materials is 'priority', says minister
Emotional scenes outside Leinster House as landmark surrogacy and fertility legislation passes
Overhaul of Ireland's mental health law further delayed despite Govt promises for progress
Law banning sale of tobacco products to under 21s won't take effect until 2028
Up to 28,000 babies to be offered RSV vaccine this autumn
UCD professor Mary Horgan named interim Chief Medical Officer following departure of Breda Smyth
May
May 2024
Landmark surrogacy legislation passes final stage in Dáil
Plans for long-awaited digital health records goes to Cabinet with push to end paper-based system
Plans to increase the legal smoking age to 21 have been approved - but vapes aren't included
Second emergency department in Mid-West region to be considered to ease pressure on UHL
Two surgical hubs in Dublin due to begin treating patients later this year
April
April 2024
Support team to begin work ‘immediately’ to address overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick
Cabinet to sign off on one-year lease extension for Citywest accommodation centre
Health Minister ‘fully expects’ long-delayed children’s hospital to be completed this year
GPs at ED doors and fast build beds: The HSE and Donnelly's plan to tackle UHL's overcrowding
'Significant progress' made on patient outcomes, but cervical screening uptake still below target
This year
2024
Adverts for vapes will be banned from areas where children are present under new laws
Nolan awaiting Covid inquiry terms of reference before saying he will be engaging with it
Over 300,000 people to be offered measles catch-up vaccine under new plans
Maximum validity of prescriptions extended to one year, as govt aims to reduce pressure on GPs
Pledge made 7 years ago that children wouldn't wait on scoliosis surgery has been broken, Dáil hears
Taoiseach accused of 'callous broken promises' over spinal surgery delays for children
Investigation launched after death of second teenage girl at University Hospital Limerick
Purpose-built apartment blocks for healthcare staff such as junior doctors must be considered, says Donnelly
Donnelly to tell Cabinet probability of introduction and spread of measles in Ireland is high
There have been increasing numbers of measles cases notified in Europe since the beginning of 2023.
MMR vaccine uptake in Ireland is currently below the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended target uptake.
The HSE is exploring developing a proposal for an MMR catch-up programme in Leaving Cert pupils.
It may also expand to college students.
Labour criticises Govt as just 3% of those deemed eligible for GP visit card avail of scheme
Donnelly to progress Bill allowing pharmacists to dispense some medicines without prescription
Stephen Donnelly ‘not satisfied’ with management of patient flow at overcrowded hospitals
Donnelly defends preventing Aoife Johnston's family any input into inquiry's terms of reference
Last year
2023
Long-awaited cardiac care review to be published next year, says minister
Donnelly: 'Children waiting for spinal surgeries have been failed by their own country'
'Not going to be like the UK one': Donnelly expecting different tone to Ireland's Covid inquiry
More 'blitz clinics' needed as minister says hospital waiting lists will continue to fall
Boosting staff numbers in community teams for children with disabilities 'top priority', says minister
Sale of vapes to under-18s banned from tomorrow
GP centre won't prescribe 'highly addictive' painkillers due to concerns over illegal drug trade
There have been growing concerns in recent weeks about the sale of opioids and other powerful painkillers.
A GP centre in Dublin is refusing to prescribe powerful painkillers like Oxycontin or "highly addictive" benzodiazepines
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said prescription medications often end up being sold on the street
Benzodiazepines are generally prescribed to treat anxiety, sleep disorders and seizures