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#Simon Harris

# simon-harris - Wednesday 16 October, 2019

Opt-out organ donation plan accused of 'misleading the public'

The plans will be debated at the Oireachtas Health Committee today.

# simon-harris - Monday 7 October, 2019

Minister sets up period poverty committee: 'Menstruation is not a choice'

The health minister said women are facing significant costs paying for sanitary products.

# simon-harris - Thursday 3 October, 2019

Alternative brands can replace medicines if they become unavailable after Brexit

The Irish Pharmaceutical Union and the health minister said no medicine shortages have been identified.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 2 October, 2019

Harris hits out at politicians trying to get him to meet vaping company reps

The minister said tobacco companies are ‘despicable’ for targeting children with e-cigarettes.

'Beyond crisis point': Limerick hospital breaks record for number of patients waiting on trolleys

Last month, Limerick had over 1,400 patients without beds.

# simon-harris - Thursday 26 September, 2019

Drew Harris says existing legislation adequate in dealing with protests outside abortion centres

In July, Minister Simon Harris said exclusion zones outside hospitals and GP surgeries will be a “major priority”.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 25 September, 2019

Over a thousand names added to home help waiting list in space of four months as total surges to 7,300

The latest HSE figures from July show that 7,300 people are waiting on home support services.

# simon-harris - Friday 20 September, 2019

Calories on menus 'make people order and eat less food'

Calorie counters on menus caused a 37% drop in calories consumed, according to an ESRI study.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 18 September, 2019

A 10% increase in nursing home places would reduce hospital stays by 19,000 days

An ERSI report says that a 10% increase in the supply of home would increase hospital bed availability dramatically.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 10 September, 2019

Harris says National Children's Hospital will open as planned in 2023, despite reported delays

The project has been mired in controversy over spiralling costs.

Harris says social media companies should ban accounts that spread misinformation about vaccines Mandatory Vaccinations This post contains videos

Harris says social media companies should ban accounts that spread misinformation about vaccines

Facebook says certain hashtags are banned and ads rejected in a bid to stop misinformation from gaining traction.

# simon-harris - Monday 9 September, 2019

Harris asks social media companies and sporting organisations to help raise vaccine awareness HPV

Harris asks social media companies and sporting organisations to help raise vaccine awareness

The health minister sent letters to companies like Facebook and Google in recent weeks.

# simon-harris - Monday 2 September, 2019

Taoiseach accused of 'window dressing exercise' as HSE spending plan announced

Leo Varadkar insisted some politicians had been “scaremongering” over the children’s hospital overspend.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 28 August, 2019

Harris smooths out rift with dentists over how to roll out free dental care for kids

Harris has said free dental care for children will begin to be rolled out from next year

Minister commits to paying patient advocates for their time and work

A new remuneration policy will be announced next month.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 27 August, 2019

Simon Harris to meet social media companies in a bid to make them do more to debunk vaccine myths

Harris is considering advice from the Attorney General on mandatory vaccination.

Family of Laura Brennan say today is a 'bittersweet day' as the HPV vaccine is extended to boys HPV

Family of Laura Brennan say today is a 'bittersweet day' as the HPV vaccine is extended to boys

First-year students will be able to get the HPV vaccine this September.

# simon-harris - Monday 26 August, 2019

Private patients should not be treated in public hospitals, report finds

A new report says all new consultants should move to a contract that will end private clinics in public hospitals.

Government finalising guidelines for tattooing and body piercing in Ireland

Currently there are no basic training requirements for staff and no age of consent required.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 21 August, 2019

Minister to launch HPV vaccine for boys next week

The vaccination programme was rolled out to teenage girls in 2010, but the government committed to making it available to boys in secondary school from September.

# simon-harris - Monday 19 August, 2019

Minister: 'We need to start talking openly about fertility, sex and life in general post-cancer'

Today, Simon Harris launched the National Cancer Survivorship Needs Assessment, called Living With and Beyond Cancer in Ireland.

Building firm caught up in school structural defects controversy wins contract to build new hospital block Wbs

Building firm caught up in school structural defects controversy wins contract to build new hospital block

A total of 42 schools built by WBS were inspected over concerns about structural problems.

# simon-harris - Monday 12 August, 2019

Poll: Should VAT be removed on condoms and menstrual cups? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should VAT be removed on condoms and menstrual cups?

The idea is backed by Minister for Health Simon Harris.

Harris wants VAT removed on condoms and menstrual cups

Currently,13.5% VAT applies to condoms, but the minister wants this brought down to 0%.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 7 August, 2019

State apology on the cards after Varadkar and Harris meet CervicalCheck support group

Patient representatives, however, say a full apology is only possible with a full understanding of who’s accountable.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 6 August, 2019

HSE boss says it's 'awful' women weren't told of CervicalCheck results as review finds 4,000+ cases

The review was published this afternoon.

# simon-harris - Monday 29 July, 2019

New legislation to ban sale of e-cigarettes to people under the age of 18

The legislation will be considered by government in September.

# simon-harris - Sunday 28 July, 2019

Almost 1,000 people added to the waiting list for home help hours since March

As of the end of June, 7,217 people are waiting on home support packages in the country.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 24 July, 2019

Rotunda told to rely on 'short-term measures' to keep babies safe amid 'crisis' Exclusive

An outbreak of infection earlier this year saw eight babies affected – with the death of one infant referred to the coroner.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 23 July, 2019

Climate change happening faster than many animals can adapt, study finds

Meanwhile, Health Minister Simon Harris has launched a public consultation on the impact of climate change on the health sector.

# simon-harris - Monday 22 July, 2019

Home help care supports: How many people are waiting in your county?

A total of 6,819 people are waiting for funding for home help hours, but the HSE continues to deny any cuts to the service.

# simon-harris - Friday 19 July, 2019

Simon Harris tells HSE poor coverage of abortion services in west and north west 'is a real concern'

In May, Harris spoke to representatives of the HSE about why abortion services are available in just half of maternity hospitals and units.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 17 July, 2019

Harris says HSE can't continue in its current form and announces return of six regional healthcare areas

Harris described today’s announcement as the biggest restructuring of the HSE in 15 years .

# simon-harris - Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Harris says he wasn't aware of CervicalCheck results IT glitch before 10 July

Meanwhile, the HSE says that 52 of the women who were re-tested were found to have HPV.

Conscientious objection prevents full rollout of abortion services in several maternity hospitals

The Health Department said it will be asking the HSE to fully implement abortion services in all maternity hospitals and units by September.

# simon-harris - Monday 15 July, 2019

DCU president to lead HSE's 'rapid review' into IT glitch that left 800 without smear test results

Simon Harris said he was not made aware of the IT glitch until last Wednesday.

Calls for children's urgent care centre at Connolly hospital to open until midnight

The Department of Health has said the opening hours of the new unit have not yet been finalised.

# simon-harris - Thursday 11 July, 2019

CervicalCheck smear results weren't sent to some women due to IT glitch at US lab

“It is unfortunate that the CervicalCheck programme has been hit with another body blow,” Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly said.

Psychiatric nurses begin overtime ban as Dáil hears they've been propping up services by working extra hours

As of 7am this morning, psychiatric nurses have not been carrying out work beyond their contracted hours.

'What happened in relation to Holles Street was pretty disgusting' - Simon Harris says exclusion zones will be a priority

“We shouldn’t have to change the law to have a basic understanding of decency,” Harris said.