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# Department of Health

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HSE launches free home testing for STIs
The test kits are available to people aged 17 or over and are delivered by post.
HSE launches winter vaccination programme with flu and Covid-19 jabs
The HSE is inviting eligible groups to get their flu jab and their Covid-19 booster.
Budget 2023 must address 'chronic' overcrowding in Irish hospitals, says INMO
It called for a ‘laser focus’ on recruitment of nurses and midwives.
Current Covid wave has peaked but hospital capacity remains under pressure, says CMO
46 Covid-19 related deaths were reported in the first 19 days of this month.
Free contraception for women aged 17 to 25 to be rolled out by September
President Michael D Higgins signed the measures into law today.
Anti-cannabis group met privately with drugs minister to discuss possible RSA-style ad campaign
The Cannabis Risk Alliance met Frank Feighan in January last year.
The Cannabis Risk Alliance told Frank Feighan last year that there should be "full transparency" around lobbyists and advocates, Stephen McDermott writes.
However, a loophole in lobbying laws mean the group's communications with the Government do not themselves have to be recorded.
Activists have questioned why the group had access to Feighan when those advocating for a different approach have found access more difficult.
Hospitals 'under considerable pressure' due to Covid, Holohan says in final pandemic report
Dr Tony Holohan stepped down as Chief Medical Officer this week.
'Timing is key': Parents call for inclusion of rare genetic disease in newborn heel prick test
SMA is a degenerative disease that causes damage to nerves that develop muscle function and allow children to eat, move and breathe.
'Remuneration is significant': No appetite in Govt to increase €420k salary for next HSE boss
Questions have been raised about whether tensions between the HSE and Department of Health played a part in Paul Reid’s decision to step down.
Working conditions for non-consultant hospital doctors must change, senior civil servant says
The Secretary General of the Department of Health said many doctors already work longer hours than what is considered legal and safe.
Ireland has evacuated a total of 13 patients, including five injured soldiers, from Ukraine
So far 13 people, including five soldiers, have been brought to Ireland for medical treatment from Ukraine.
Applications are now open for the Chief Medical Officer job
The job comes with an €187,578 annual salary and the deadline for applications is 30 June.
Medical scientists to suspend strike action next week and will return to WRC for talks
The three days of strike action planned for next week have all been suspended, say the MLSA.
'Intensive work' ongoing to give 35 children with Cystic Fibrosis access to life-changing drug
Donnelly said it is important to him ‘that children get access to the drug that they need’.
Government will press ahead with plans for new maternity hospital
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said there was an urgent need for the new hospital.
Q&A: What are the issues surrounding the National Maternity Hospital moving to St Vincent's?
A report by
Céimin Burke
A range of questions are hanging over the relocation plan.
'A tenner a year lease': Martin says maternity hospital will effectively be in public ownership
Yesterday Cabinet delayed a final decision on the future of the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) amid ongoing controversy over the project.
The Oireachtas Health Committee is set to interrogate the plans before the matter goes back to Cabinet in two weeks' time.
Minister Catherine Martin has described this as "a valuable process".
Minister Simon Harris says there was agreement across the three government parties, and all genders, to delay a decision.
'All lawfully permitted procedures', including abortion, to be allowed in new NMH, minister says
What’s going on with the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital and why are people unhappy?
Donnelly orders external review into Tony Holohan's abandoned secondment at Trinity College
The Health Minister said he ordered the review “to examine learnings and recommendations that could inform future such initiatives”.
HSE investigating small number of 'serious' hepatitis cases in children
It comes after British health officials identified 74 cases of hepatitis among children under the age of 10 across the UK.
Coronavirus: 4,761 new cases and 1,004 patients in hospital, including 53 in ICU
The Department of Health announced the figures in a statement this afternoon.
'Lessons have to be learned' from Dr Holohan TCD role controversy, Taoiseach says
Dr Holohan said yesterday he will not proceed with a new role in TCD after stepping down as Chief Medical Officer later this year.
'Unusual characteristics' to CMO's new Trinity role, public expenditure minister says
Dr Holohan will be stepping down as the country’s Chief Medical Officer to take up the role at TCD in July.
Department of Health will pay Dr Tony Holohan's salary in new Trinity professor role
Dr Holohan will be stepping down from his position as Chief Medical Officer later this year.
Coronavirus: 23,702 new cases and 1,338 patients in hospital, including 61 in ICU
The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this afternoon.
Coronavirus: 11,682 new cases and 887 patients in hospital, including 41 in ICU
The figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this afternoon.
State will pay €100,000 to families of healthcare workers who died of Covid
The HPSC reports that 22 healthcare workers have died having contracted Covid.
Public Accounts Committee will not consider leaked details of Department of Health meeting
The Sunday Business Post first reported details of a recorded meeting between Department of Health officials in January.
Coronavirus: 9,441 new cases and 639 patients in hospital, including 58 in ICU
The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures this afternoon.
Deferrals caused by Covid will increase hospital waiting lists this year, says Health Sec Gen
Over 1.5 million people will be added to the waiting lists this year, the Oireachtas Health Committee will hear.
Taoiseach hits out at 'secret recording' but confirms HSE hiring target likely won't be met
Micheál Martin was responding to claims of “fake targets” within the health service.
Coronavirus: 11,063 new cases, 615 people in hospital and 64 in ICU
The Department of Health released the figures this afternoon.
Did the country's top civil servant accept an €81K pay rise? Varadkar says it's not for him to say
‘Transparency is always useful in these matters,’ a spokesperson for the Taoiseach has said.
'War on drugs’ not an effective response to usage, minister tells committee
However, Frank Feighan was criticised during the Oireachtas committee for his approach to drug policy.
Number of patients with Covid in hospital but admitted for other reasons close to 30% - CMO
The HSE is to provide the health minister with details about the patient types included in the Covid hospitalisation numbers.
NPHET to discuss mandatory vaccination, but Taoiseach says voluntary policy will be kept
The issue is to be discussed after the Department of Health prepares a legal and ethical paper on vaccine mandates.
State spent almost €25 million on mandatory hotel quarantine, new figures show
Approximately €9.5 million was collected from those that had to use the service.
Irish families impacted by valproate scandal welcome French court ruling allowing class action
The move in France comes as Irish families await a long-promised inquiry into the use of the drug here.
RTÉ’s Operation Transformation criticised over 'dieting culture' ahead of its return tonight
RTÉ claims the programme has “evolved considerably over the years”.
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are people still paying thousands for fertility treatment?
Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney tells Susan Daly about how the private fertility sector is making millions as patients are left in debt.
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New Covid testing and isolation guidelines: Here's everything you need to know
The changes are aimed at freeing up Covid-19 testing capacity and easing disruption to businesses.