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#Primary Care

# primary-care - Friday 7 July, 2017

'Everyone in Ireland deserves to have a good death'

The Irish Hospice Foundation has said investing in bereavement services and end-of-life care will benefit society as a whole.

# primary-care - Monday 8 August, 2016

Technical issue stopping people applying for medical cards

A backlog is expected once the issue is resolved.

# primary-care - Thursday 18 December, 2014

Staff taken off-duty after "concerns" at Tipperary disability unit

Minister Kathleen Lynch says she expected such concerns to be raised following the Áras Attracta case.

# primary-care - Friday 17 October, 2014

Three quarters of Irish people want to die at home

Most people would like their condition managed by pain medication though almost three-quarters have not written any kind of care directive or given an indication of what they want to family members.

# primary-care - Wednesday 20 August, 2014

Róisín Shortall: I'm surprised the 'very inexperienced' James Reilly wasn't sacked Health This post contains videos

Róisín Shortall: I'm surprised the 'very inexperienced' James Reilly wasn't sacked

The former junior health minister also says she could have worked with new minister Leo Varadkar.

# primary-care - Thursday 1 May, 2014

It's a start: Doctors agree to 'talks about talks' with Minister

The Irish Medical Organisation and Alex White will sit down about the plan to give free GP care to children under six.

# primary-care - Sunday 27 April, 2014

'We can't go anywhere without a conversation': Alex White wants agreement with the IMO

White said the €37 million earmarked for the under sixes scheme was agreed in the Budget.

# primary-care - Friday 12 July, 2013

Competition Authority warns GPs against withdrawal from Primary Care Teams

The authority has told the Irish Medical Organisation that any refusal to join Government-run health teams would break European law.

# primary-care - Tuesday 26 February, 2013

Shortall speaks out as 72,000 wait on primary care waiting lists

The former junior minister responsible for primary care says the recruitment budget is being gobbled up by overspending.

# primary-care - Tuesday 19 February, 2013

Column: Last year's multi-million euro underspend in mental health is unacceptable

In a year when many families and communities lost a child or young person to suicide, it makes no sense that €29 million pledged to be spent on mental health was not used, writes Tanya Ward.

# primary-care - Thursday 10 January, 2013

National plan to save €721 million published by HSE

The plan includes an additional cut to primary care costs of €60 million, staff reductions of 4,000 and a promise to reduce waiting times.

# primary-care - Friday 21 December, 2012

Reilly spokesman rejects SF claims of NAMA talks on Balbriggan site

Sinn Féin said documents suggested James Reilly discussed the specific site earmarked for a Primary Care centre in Balbriggan during a meeting with NAMA.

# primary-care - Thursday 6 December, 2012

Buried news: what happened yesterday (other than Budget 2013)?

You may have missed these nuggets in the flurry of austerity announcements.

# primary-care - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

Swords and Balbriggan added to primary care list night before announcement

Documents obtained by Fianna Fáil show the government preparing to announce a list of 33 venues, not 35.

# primary-care - Saturday 24 November, 2012

FF leader calls for James Reilly's resignation because of a 'pack of lies'

Micheál Martin has said he believes the Health Minister’s position is now untenable in the wake of further revelations about primary care centre locations.

# primary-care - Tuesday 30 October, 2012

HSE cuts to nursing staff 'will set services back 15 years'

The Psychiatric Nurses Association of Ireland called the move ‘primary care in reverse’.

# primary-care - Thursday 25 October, 2012

Reilly discussed Balbriggan as location for primary care centre with NAMA

The Health Minister insisted that “no specific address was mentioned” in discussions with NAMA in April of this year regarding the controversial issue of locations for primary care centres.

# primary-care - Friday 12 October, 2012

Reilly won't be forced to give more details on primary care criteria

The Ceann Comhairle says James Reilly has fulfilled his Dáil obligations to answer questions from Sinn Féin.

# primary-care - Thursday 4 October, 2012

‘No ministerial involvement’ in selecting primary care sites – Gilmore

The Tánaiste says locating individual sites in towns put forward for primary centres was done by the HSE.

# primary-care - Wednesday 3 October, 2012

Reilly insists he had ‘no hand, act or part’ in choice of Balbriggan site

The Health Minister faced more questions about the selection of two sites in his constituency for proposed primary care centres in the Dáil this afternoon

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

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Troika forced Ireland into repaying €1bn AIB bond - Quinn

Ruairí Quinn says the Troika are the only people who will affordably lend to Ireland – so what they say goes.

Reilly: I'm not a bully, nothing inappropriate over primary care sites

The Health Minister gave a strong defence of his conduct in relation to the selection of sites for primary care centres, two of which are in his constituency.

Reilly to give Dáil explanation over primary care centres today

The Ceann Comhairle has permitted a ‘private notice question’ to be tabled by Sinn Féin for discussion later this afternoon.

# primary-care - Tuesday 2 October, 2012

Cabinet has not discussed possible child benefit cut - Kenny

Enda Kenny says a report outlining a possible ‘two tier’ child benefit system have not yet been brought to cabinet.

FF tries little-known Dáil procedure to seek primary care explanation

Fianna Fáil has tabled a “special notice question”, seeking an urgent explanation from James Reilly on his selection criteria.

# primary-care - Saturday 29 September, 2012

Shortall says reforms were "blocked" by Reilly

The former minister of state said her resignation was coming for some time.

# primary-care - Friday 28 September, 2012

VIDEO: James Reilly explains his decision on primary care centres

The Minister for Health seeks to turn the tables – suggesting Róisín Shortall had used strange criteria to rank potential venues.

# primary-care - Thursday 27 September, 2012

Reilly welcomes Alex White appointment, thanks Shortall for 'hard work'

The Health Minister has commented on the news that Alex White will replace the departed Róisín Shortall who Reilly thanked for her ‘hard work’.

Alex White to replace Shortall as junior health minister

The Dublin South TD will be nominated to fill the vacant junior ministerial position at the Department of Health next week.

Burton 'saddened' to see Shortall go - but affirms confidence in Reilly

The Minister for Social Protection says every member of government “has confidence in every other minister”.

In full: James Reilly's letter to Róisín Shortall about Primary Care centres

The letter was released last night and details Reilly’s explanation for expanding the lost of 20 sites for proposed primary care centres to 35, an issue which has in part led to Shortall’s resignation.

James Reilly on Shortall's departure: 'Pressure's only for tyres'

The Minister for Health showed little disappointment at Róisín Shortall’s resignation – who the Labour chairman said had the full support of party leadership.

# primary-care - Wednesday 26 September, 2012

Róisín Shortall resigns as Primary Care Minister

The Labour Party TD’s decision follows a much-publicised dispute with the Health Minister James Reilly. She has also resigned the Labour Party whip.

Reilly and Shortall meet to discuss primary care centres

Last week, Minister Reilly had to defend his decision to consider two of his constituency towns for new primary care units.

# primary-care - Monday 24 September, 2012

Varadkar admits Reilly move on care centres 'like stroke politics'

The transport minister tells The Week in Politics that James Reilly’s amendment of the list for primary care centres does look suspicious.

# primary-care - Friday 21 September, 2012

The 5 at 5: Friday

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Reilly defends decision to consider constituency towns for new health units

James Reilly added Swords and Balbriggan – both in his constituency – to a list of venues being considered for primary care centres.

# primary-care - Tuesday 17 July, 2012

35 towns to compete for 20 new primary care facilities

There’s money to build two bundles of 10 facilities – but 35 towns are in the running, so there’ll be a competition.

# primary-care - Monday 2 April, 2012

Disused garda stations to be used as primary health care facilities - Minister

An application for a €50 million annual building allocation for primary care centres will be made, says the Minister of State for Primary Care Róisin Shorthall.

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