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# Health Committee

Last month
November 2023
'Very traumatised' refugees not getting mental health support, experts warn
A lack of training and garda vetting is impacting refugees and other vulnerable groups, the Oireachtas mental health committee has heard.
This year
Safe access zone law could be 'made a mockery of' if gardaí can't log warnings, TDs say
The Oireachtas Health Committee has warned Stephen Donnelly about potential loopholes in the planned legislation.
Some doctors 'actively obstruct' women from getting abortions, committee hears
The Oireachtas Health Committee is discussing recommendations to change Ireland’s abortion legislation.
Lack of regulation in mental health sector 'wouldn't happen in any other walk of life'
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services are not properly regulated, the Oireachtas Health Committee has heard.
TDs praise officials for ensuring HSE wasn't 'falling over' after Bank Holiday weekend
One TD told Bernard Gloster to ‘take a bow’.
Taoiseach suggests Dáil vote for PBP abortion bill could speed up legal changes
The bill, which seeks wider access to abortion services, passed second stage in the Dáil last night.
People Before Profit bill calling for wider access to abortion passes Dáil second stage
The bill is seeking to abolish the mandatory three-day waiting period for an abortion.
'Enormous burden': Labour call for removal of wait period for abortion care
Labour Senator Annie Hoey said women are “more than able” to make their own decisions around abortion.
High demand for ambulances in Dublin outstripping capacity of fire service, TDs to hear
Dublin Fire Brigade current provide ambulance services in the capital.
Nursing home charges: Legal strategy was 'never challenged' by politicians, says top civil servant
Many medical card holders who were in long-term care between 1976 to 2005 had to pay when it should have been free.
At least 10 assaults on Irish hospital staff each day, committee to be told
The Oireachtas Health Committee will focus on assaults and attacks on healthcare workers.
Last year
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.
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.
'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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All time
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'Medicinal cannabis could be made free of charge'
The Oireachtas Health Committee has made several recommendations in its report on medicinal cannabis.
'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.
'People die in toilets, people die in urine-soaked stairwells'
An Oireachtas Health Committee is hearing submissions in relation to medically supervised injecting centres.
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?’”