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#Department of Health

# department-of-health - Thursday 28 March, 2019

CervicalCheck: It has cost €9.6m to give free repeat smear tests to women

Women who had had a free smear test were offered a repeat between May and December 2018.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 12 March, 2019

Have you been on a hospital waiting list for six months? Here are the government's latest plans

Minister for Health Simon Harris has published a new plan aimed at reducing waiting times for patients.

# department-of-health - Monday 11 March, 2019

CervicalCheck ex-gratia payments scheme to be set up 'in the coming weeks'

The scheme is designed to provide an alternative, “non-adversarial” option for women affected by the CervicalCheck issue.

# department-of-health - Monday 4 March, 2019

Taoiseach on suspicious package: 'Come after us, don't come after our staff or families'

The white powder in the envelope addressed to the Health Minister was confirmed to be 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

Harris announces group to examine how to make contraception cheaper

The group will examine the extent to which cost is a barrier to accessing reliable methods of contraception in Ireland.

# department-of-health - Sunday 17 February, 2019

Working group to investigate how to roll out free contraception for Irish women

People with outside expertise will sit on the new group, with a chairperson to be appointed shortly.

# department-of-health - Thursday 7 February, 2019

Government accused of delivering budget 'under false pretences' and knowing of children's hospital overrun Nch

Government accused of delivering budget 'under false pretences' and knowing of children's hospital overrun

Pressure has been mounting on government all week about who knew what when about the hospital costs.

# department-of-health - Friday 25 January, 2019

'The largest strike in the health service’s history looms': Talks to avoid nurses strike have collapsed

This would be the second time in the INMO’s hundred-year history that nurses or midwives go on strike.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 23 January, 2019

Irish farmers 'could be given licences to grow cannabis in the future'

The Department of Health said it may review its policy given its difficulty in sourcing cannabis product.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 22 January, 2019

Patient advocates among new board members of the HSE

The board will be appointed on an administrative basis until legislation has passed.

# department-of-health - Saturday 12 January, 2019

Nurses and midwives are striking this month. Here's how much they get paid

The 24-hour strike on 30 January was announced earlier this week.

# department-of-health - Thursday 10 January, 2019

Sandyford lab told Simon Harris that CervicalCheck was 'in jeopardy' and urgent action was needed

Six months later, the HSE announced that GPs had been told the offer of free repeat smear tests were to end on 31 December.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 9 January, 2019

Simon Harris was warned that smear test backlog was 'intensifying concern' among women

“During the Repeal the Eighth campaign you stated that you trusted women… but your behaviour during this debacle suggests otherwise,” one letter said.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 2 January, 2019

PODCAST: 'Irene didn't have to die and now she's part of this scandal'

Stephen Teap said he went public with his story this year so he can tell his boys when they grow up that he did everything he could.

# department-of-health - Thursday 27 December, 2018

Irish people are living longer and the birth rate is falling

A new report looks into several areas of both the health of the nation and health services in general.

# department-of-health - Monday 10 December, 2018

Taoiseach says abortion services may not be available in every hospital in January

Varadkar said he is confident services will be available, but perhaps not in every hospital or clinic.

# department-of-health - Monday 26 November, 2018

'People crying in the ward alone': Patients describe their experiences in Irish hospitals

Patients have highlighted issues with communication from their doctors and the discharge process.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 14 November, 2018

'People die when lessons aren't learned': Report criticises HSE failure to address patient complaints

Just 10 of 36 recommendations in a 2015 report have been fully implemented.

# department-of-health - Saturday 3 November, 2018

Delay in medicinal cannabis scheme as the government is having problems finding a quality assured supplier

Department of Health officials are working to get medical cannabis products from other EU Member States and further afield.

# department-of-health - Thursday 1 November, 2018

'An inability to answer very basic questions': How an Irish 'virtual hospital' project fell flat

Consultants for US firm Mercy Virtual said meetings with health officials were cancelled at short notice.

# department-of-health - Saturday 27 October, 2018

Folic acid to be added to UK flour to reduce birth defects ... but no plans in Ireland to do so

According to the HSE, folic acid is important because it can help the nervous system develop in the unborn.

# department-of-health - Friday 12 October, 2018

Number of people on hospital waiting lists reached over half a million last month

The NTPF’s figures also found that there had been a decrease of 1,471 patients waiting for an appointment for elective surgery

# department-of-health - Thursday 11 October, 2018

'If you did this in the private sector you'd be gone' - Head of OPW grilled over State building being measured incorrectly

The Comptroller and Auditor General recently revealed that the wrong rate of rent had been paid on the vacant building.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 25 September, 2018

Drug-testing roll out at music festivals and nightclubs to be examined by expert group

Drug-testing is available in a number of other European countries.

# department-of-health - Monday 3 September, 2018

'It's one less thing to worry about': HSE grants free GP service to 14,000 carers

The service applies to anyone who received carer’s allowance or carer’s benefit, but who do not hold a medical card.

# department-of-health - Friday 24 August, 2018

Parents of toddler who was unresponsive for an hour given 'mixed messages' about ambulance location

“Another 2 minutes and we would have been dealing with a very different outcome,” the parents were told at the Cavan hospital.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 21 August, 2018

Chief executive of Higher Education Authority resigns 'with regret' after less than 18 months in job

Dr Graham Love only took up the role in March 2017.

# department-of-health - Sunday 15 July, 2018

Departments in talks about rolling out state-funded old age villages

There will be shared responsibility between the two departments to ensure that homes are supported by the HSE.

# department-of-health - Thursday 5 July, 2018

Physical checks of 3,000 smear tests haven't started yet - they should have been done by June

It could be months before the slides are tested.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 30 May, 2018

HSE yet to admit liabilility in Emma Mhic Mhathúna's Cervical Check case

The Taoiseach has previously stated that none of the women affected by the Cervical Check scandal would have to go to court.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 29 May, 2018

Dentists claim rise in tooth extractions caused by structure of medical card scheme

The Irish Dental Association has found that 90% of dentists say they are dissatisfied with the level of care they can provide under the scheme.

# department-of-health - Thursday 17 May, 2018

Government looks at bringing in mandatory open disclosure in serious cases

“Open disclosure is not the ticking of a box or the filling of a form,” Ireland’s chief medical officer said.

# department-of-health - Friday 11 May, 2018

The new head of the GP union is younger than Simon Harris - and has a big battle on his hands

Ireland’s newest doctors are fleeing the country – but the latest head of Ireland’s GP union, the NAGP, Maitiú Ó Tuathail is only 29.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 2 May, 2018

Explainer: Do you need to get a repeat smear test?

Many women across the country are wondering what action they should take in light of the recent controversy – here’s everything you need to know.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 14 February, 2018

Mixed reactions over new voluntary codes to restrict advertising of 'high fat sugar salt' foods

Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan hit out at the voluntary nature of the Codes, saying Ireland needs “mandatory legislation”.

# department-of-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.

# department-of-health - Tuesday 30 January, 2018

This is the advice that convinced the Cabinet to seek the 'repeal and replace' option

A summary of the Attorney General’s advice has been published.

# department-of-health - Friday 12 January, 2018

Simon Harris 'concerned' about care terminally-ill woman received over New Year's weekend

The woman’s daughter, Siobhán Tobin, wrote an open letter to the Health Minister about trying to access out of hours services.

# department-of-health - Wednesday 3 January, 2018

'Chaos is the reality of our health services': Doctors say a trolley crisis is only ever hours away

The number of people on hospital trolleys was again at a record high today, according to the INMO.

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