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# health minister

Last month
May 2023
# Healthcare
Patient Safety Bill, which aims to create 'culture' of transparency, signed into law
The Bill will require healthcare providers to disclose certain serious safety incidents to patients or their families.
This year
# CervicalCheck
Donnelly 'disappointed' about CervicalCheck samples being tested in US labs
The National Cervical Screening Laboratory at the Coombe Hospital had its accreditation suspended.
# Stephen Donnelly
'We need more decision-makers at weekends': Donnelly to press ahead with new consultant contract
IMO and IHCA members have voted to reject the new contract, which comes into force today.
Last year
# consultant contract
New Sláintecare Consultant Contract will 'reduce waiting times' and 'maximise capacity in hospitals'
The Health Minister said there is a ‘need to make consultant posts attractive to fill as many as possible on a permanent basis’.
# long covid
Mater Hospital confirms Long Covid Clinic is set to close in December due to a lack of funding
However, a spokesperson for the hospital said it is willing to extend the operation of the Long Covid clinic into the new year.
# budget 2023
Cariban: Drug to help women who suffer severe pregnancy sickness to be available by January
Cariban is prescribed and available in the Coombe, Rotunda and Holles Street maternity hospitals and has been for many years.
# Rental Property
Donnelly says he doesn't believe his failure to renew RTB registration warrants his resignation
Donnelly admitted yesterday that he failed to renew a rental property with the RTB for three years.
# Overcrowding
INMO warns of 'real problem along western seaboard' with record-breaking overcrowding
There was record-breaking overcrowding in University Hospital Limerick in April.
# tony holohan
'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.
# nphet
No current plans for NPHET to be disbanded, says Donnelly
The Health Minister said that the Government is currently looking at a medium-term strategy for current Covid-19 protections, like vaccines and testing.
All time
# booster programme
HSE tells centres to allow boosters after 3-month gap as Cabinet discusses Covid developments
Stephen Donnelly said the Government will assess more measures and scheduling options so more people can get the booster jab.
The new guidance will be in place when the HSE updates its IT system
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the schedule for booster jabs is being revised
Taoiseach Micheál Martin called for more GPs and pharmacists to get involved with the booster rollout
Booster dose gap to be reduced to three months, Health Minister announces
# health minister
Health Minister extends €100 pandemic grant for student nurses as McHugh report published
Sinn Féin spokesperson David Cullinane said that the measures announced don’t go far enough.
# booster shots
Donnelly says he would like to see healthcare workers get the green light for the booster jab
The booster shots for the over 60s will begin ‘imminently’, said the minister.
# Agnes Buzyn
Former French Health Minister charged over handling of Covid-19 pandemic
She’s been charged with “endangering the lives of others”, the prosecutor of the Republic’s Court of Justice said.
# Cancer
Health minister hopeful of Budget boost for Irish cancer services
Stephen Donnelly said he expected the health service to see an increase in the number of patients presenting with cancer in the coming months.
# Looking Back
Taoiseach says 'evaluation' into handling of Covid-19 pandemic in Ireland will be carried out
However, he said it’s his “preference that we manage the pandemic first with all hands on deck”.
# health minister
Stephen Donnelly says he was 'concerned' at footage of crowds after GAA hurling final
He urged those in attendance who were “too close to people for too long” to go and get tested.
# Indoor dining
Regulations to put indoor dining reopening on a legal footing to be published today
Failte Ireland’s guidelines for pubs and restaurants were published yesterday.
# nphet
NPHET member says team 'not there to be popular' as Donnelly criticises 'online vitriol'
Dr Cillian de Gascun said negative commentary can be “a little bit disheartening”.
# health minister
Matt Hancock says he doesn't think he's 'hopeless', in response to Cummings WhatsApp screenshot
The former Downing Street aide is claiming that Boris Johnson called his health minister ‘totally f*cking hopeless’ last March.
# Van Morrison
UUP leader wants Ian Paisley to apologise in public for ‘dangerous’ chant
A row erupted after four gigs by Van Morrison at the Belfast hotel were cancelled at the last minute on Thursday.
# Northern Ireland
People in the North aged 18 and over can register for a vaccine from today
70% of Northern Ireland population have received first Covid-19 jab.
# Cyber Attack
Initial results 'positive' in testing decryption tool to unlock data, Health Minister says
A decryption key was made available yesterday but Donnelly said “no ransom has been paid”.
# health minister
Patient data from HSE hack has appeared on the dark net, Minister confirms
Stephen Donnelly said that it was “distasteful” that law firms were “licking their lips” at prospect of suing the State over the HSE cyber hack.
It is "clear" that data on some HSE servers has been encrypted, but that the full extent of this remains unknown.
The Dáil heard that a helpline will be set up for patients approached by someone with their leaked HSE details.
The Health Minister also accused some legal firms of "licking their lips" at the prospect of data privacy cases.
Patient receiving offer of medical procedure from abroad 'seems to align' with HSE hack, Dáil told
HSE ransomware attack: 'Is it possible that sensitive information has been downloaded? Unfortunately, yes'
# vaccine rollout
Leo Varadkar suggests that anyone who wants a Covid-19 vaccine 'may be offered one by the end of June'
The Tánaiste made the comments at a Fine Gael meeting this evening.
# maternity hospitals
'I'm frustrated with the lack of progress': Donnelly says 19 maternity units are being contacted about restrictions
Restrictions remain in place in certain hospitals, with protesters gathering outside the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin yesterday.
# Recruitment
No medical students have been hired as vaccinators, despite Minister saying they were giving jabs at vaccine centres
The health minister said last month that he had met students administering vaccines.
# dublin and wicklow
Teachers and SNAs incorrectly given Covid vaccines due to reserve list error – Donnelly
Teachers and SNAs in Wicklow, Dun Laoghaire and Dublin South East received vaccines yesterday.
# Coronavirus
26 states added to mandatory hotel quarantine list, including Serbia and Moldova
People arriving from these countries from 6 April will need to pre-book hotel quarantine.
# waiting list
Figures show more than 30,000 people waiting on HSE gynaecology outpatient appointments
30,180 people were waiting on outpatient appointments up to the end of January.
# cervicacheck
Family members of women affected by CervicalCheck controversy to get medical cards for 5 year period
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly brought a memo to Cabinet today to extend the access to the cards for a further three years.
# 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.
# vaccination programme
Every resident in Ireland will be offered the vaccine before September, says health minister
Carers and dentists are to be added to cohort 2 in the vaccine plan.
# vaccine plan
Government plans to have almost 4 million people vaccinated by end of September, says Donnelly
Varadkar says between 50,000 and 55,000 people will be vaccinated this week.
# R number
Health Minister says R number has dropped again to between 0.7 and 0.9
The minister said there has been a 40% fall in demand for testing in the past week.
Publicans blast 'crazy' new rule requiring details of food orders to be kept for 28 days
One Fianna Fáil TD condemned the new rules as ‘authoritarian’.
# Lockdown
Focus until Christmas is on reopening society, protecting jobs and the most vulnerable, says minister
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has asked NPHET whether the Kildare lockdown can be lifted early.
# Stephen Donnelly
Health Minister says there are no plans to extend the three-county restrictions further ahead of NPHET meeting
Stephen Donnelly said that the number of people being treated for Covid-19 in hospital and in ICU doubled over the weekend.
# Stephen Donnelly
Health Minister: 'If the R-rate continues at 1.8 for three weeks, we could have 150 cases a day'
Donnelly also said that from a disease perspective, gastro pubs are seen as restaurants.
# Coronavirus
Zimbabwe health minister charged amid Covid-19 testing kit scandal
Obadiah Moyo (66) was arrested last night following investigations brought by the country’s anti-graft commission.