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# Health Committee

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2022
# Health Committee
National Children's Hospital will cost more than €1.43 billion by 2024 completion date
The final cost may not be known until years after construction ends due to legal claims.
# Health Committee
Dáil committee hears women with vaginal mesh complications were told pain was 'in their minds'
Thousands of women across the world who had these surgeries have suffered life-changing complications.
# Health Committee
'You lost the run of yourself': Robert Watt grilled by TDs over Holohan secondment to Trinity
The Secretary General of the Department of Health appeared before the Oireachtas Health Committee this morning.
# Health Committee
‘Threat of criminal sanctions’ hangs over medical abortion providers, committee hears
Ireland’s abortion law makes anyone who aids or abets abortion outside the specific terms of the Act liable for criminal prosecution.
# New Job
Dr Tony Holohan rules out return as Chief Medical Officer after his new role in Trinity College
Controversy has surrounded the salary payment of for his new professorship in Trinity College.
# Health Committee
Nurses and midwives reporting exhaustion due to huge patient numbers, INMO to tell committee
The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health is set to sit later today.
# sláintecare
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.
# Health
Ireland's Covid position improving but global risk remains high, CMO tells Oireachtas Committee
Senior NPHET members fielded questions from TDs and senators at a Health Committee meeting today.
# Health Committee
Over 1,600 GPs need to be hired before 2028 as concern grows over shortage
There are currently an average of 0.69 GPs per 1,000 population, when it should be between 1.02 and 1.1.
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# Healthcare
Three years into new abortion laws, Stephen Donnelly says 'ease of access' has not been achieved
The Health Minister has been answering questions in the Oireachtas Health Committee.
An independent chair to lead a review into abortion laws has not yet been named.
The terms of reference for the review have been criticised for being too narrow.
The minister said today there has been a "significant reduction" in people travelling to the UK for terminations.
GP: My patients do not need to see your placards with your value judgements
Three years after the referendum vote, just one in 10 GPs are offering abortion services
# Health Committee
People asked not to contact Digital Covid Cert helpline unless travelling within next 10 days
Over 34,000 calls were made to the new Digital Covid Certificate helpline yesterday alone.
# maternity restrictions
Four maternity units not allowing partners attend emergency pregnancy cases
“There has been a real issue there, it is arguably the most important time,” Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said.
# health minister
Stephen Donnelly: 'Large majority of 85s and over' will have received first Covid vaccine dose by Sunday
Stephen Donnelly is appearing before the Oireachtas Health Committee to answer questions from TDs.
# CervicalCheck
Issues over review of smear slides were ignored, says CervicalCheck campaigner Lorraine Walsh
Walsh stepped away from her role at the CervicalCheck patient steering committee in October.
# dental health
Dentists say HPV vaccine is a 'no brainer' as cases of head, neck and mouth cancer on the rise
Concerns were also raised about the overuse of antibiotics on children waiting for dental treatment .
# Children's Hospital
'It's so badly needed': Harris defends development of children's hospital despite rising costs
Minister for Health Simon Harris appeared before the Health Committee this afternoon.
# catastrophic overspend
No one held accountable as children's hospital board says it would do the same again despite cost overruns
The final project cost is €1.4 billion – €450 million higher than the 2017 figure.
# Health Committee
Harris says abortion legislation doesn't mention the word 'abortion' for legal reasons
The Health Minister also said he wants the Bill to be inclusive of members of the trans community.
# Abortion legislation
TDs want women seeking abortions to be offered ultrasound imaging and heartbeat recording
A number of TDs have put down amendments ahead of the three-day discussion of the proposed abortion legislation next week.
# Abortion legislation
Nine TDs want law to ensure aborted foetuses are buried or cremated
A number of TDs have put down amendments ahead of the three-day discussion of the proposed abortion legislation next week.
# cancer screening
CervicalCheck: Report author says it's 'likely' that more women are affected
Dr Gabriel Scally told an Oireachtas Committee that an initial review to identify women involved was flawed.
# terminations
TDs considering change of plan for proposed three-day wait period for abortions
Dr Peter Boylan told an Oireachtas Committee that there is ‘no evidence’ for the wait time.
# communication breakdown
Cervical Check scandal: Acting HSE boss says sorry for 'confusion and alarm'
John Connaghan said women in Ireland had been “understandably frightened and concerned” by what they had read and heard.
# Public Safety
Bill to legalise medicinal cannabis shouldn't be passed - health committee
Health committee member Kate O’Connell said that an opportunity was lost to make cannabis a medical product.
# Homelessness
Young midlands woman 'would not be dead' if local drug treatment was available
The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health was told today there is an urgent need for the link between ill health and homelessness to be recognised.
# recommendation
'Medicinal cannabis could be made free of charge'
The Oireachtas Health Committee has made several recommendations in its report on medicinal cannabis.
# HPV
'I am not anti-vaccine, but 14-year girls don't lie en masse': Senator pushes for debate on HPV vaccine
Gerard Craughwell said he would like medical experts as well as parents concerned about their daughters to attend.
# supervised injecting centres
'People die in toilets, people die in urine-soaked stairwells'
An Oireachtas Health Committee is hearing submissions in relation to medically supervised injecting centres.
# Suicide
WATCH: Bressie gives impassioned speech about the 'epidemic of this generation'
“We simply cannot ignore this anymore. We have to be honest and ask ourselves, ‘Truly are we doing enough?’”
# stop the stigma
Irish dentists refusing to treat HIV positive patients 'adds to stigma'
The “worrying” levels of HIV diagnoses have been discussed at the Oireachtas Health Committee. There are set to be more cases of HIV in Ireland in 2015 than in any other year.
# Man overboard
Rebel TD kicked off committee after just ONE day
Michael McNamara’s not having a great week.
# Portlaoise
Bereaved parents: 'It needs to stop now, enough pain and enough hurt has been caused'
Calls have been made for HSE Chief Tony O’Brien to resign.
# everything is spinning
Alcohol companies may have learned some lessons from the fight against Big Tobacco
A health committee was looking at the government’s proposed new alcohol laws today.
# rare diseases
'I know the current system doesn't work, I've buried two children'
Both of Tony and Mary Heffernan’s children died at the age of 5.
# NOT QUALIFIED
Unregulated plastic surgery procedures offered to 15 year olds
The Oireachtas Health Committee has been told the industry is largely unregulated here.
# Global Outbreak
Ireland might see 'a few cases' of Ebola. So, how will it cope?
It won’t be a Hollywood apocalypse, politicians heard today.
# end of life care
'It is the right of every person to die in comfort and dignity'
The Health and Children Committee launched a report on end-of-life care based on submissions from stakeholders, experts and the public.
# Child Protection
Complaints to Children's Ombudsman have increased by 15% since 2010
One particular investigation showed that a child had been moved to 11 different residencies in 4 months.
# Committee wars
'Totally unacceptable': Concern that PAC has monopoly on probe into spending of €3.25bn
The Oireachtas Health Committee is seeking to change the rules that currently prevent any other Oireachtas committee from investigating matters that are already being probed by the powerful Public Accounts Committee.
# Health Committee
Politicians head on day trip to find out "first hand" what's going on with medical cards
The group of TDs will travel to north Dublin to visit the HSE’s medical card centre.