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#Simon Harris

# 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.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 10 July, 2019

Harris accused of letting abortion protest exclusion zones 'fall off the agenda'

The group that staged a protest outside the National Maternity Hospital with three small white coffins plans to return this Saturday.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 9 July, 2019

Harris announces public consultation on increasing access to contraception

A working group on the matter was established by government earlier this year.

# simon-harris - Monday 8 July, 2019

Benzodiazepine use in Irish over 65s is higher than international average

Benzodiazepine medicine use in women over 65 years is 40% higher than in men, finds a new report.

HPV vaccination rates vary by county from just 40% in Kerry to 74% in parts of Dublin

The substantial variation needs further investigation, the report says.

# simon-harris - Sunday 7 July, 2019

Explainer: Minimum unit pricing for alcohol is on the way, but how exactly does it work?

Cheaper drinks with a high alcohol content will see the biggest price change.

# simon-harris - Thursday 4 July, 2019

New Waterford mortuary would have cost taxpayer €1m less if built 'when it should have been'

Last month the HSE confirmed that funding of €5.7 million has been approved for the development.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 3 July, 2019

Inclusion of chronic pain conditions on cannabis access scheme will be 'kept under review'

Only patients with specific medical conditions can access medicinal cannabis under the new programme.

# simon-harris - Monday 1 July, 2019

Simon Harris calls on TDs to support his motion tackling vaccine 'myths'

Simon Harris has called for cross party support for the motion.

Almost a billion Euro paid out in medical negligence cases since 2014, new figures show

Payouts have totalled €108 million for the first five months of 2019.

# simon-harris - Friday 28 June, 2019

New HSE board meets for the first time

Health Minister Simon Harris announced earlier this year that he would re-establish a board to oversee the HSE.

# simon-harris - Thursday 27 June, 2019

Harris had 'good' meeting with Bord na Móna about it growing Ireland's medicinal cannabis supply

Yesterday, Simon Harris signed the law establishing Ireland’s first medicinal cannabis access scheme,

# simon-harris - Wednesday 26 June, 2019

Access to cannabis for medical reasons is now allowed in Ireland under new law

Simon Harris has today signed legislation to allow for the operation of the Medical Cannabis Access Programme on a pilot basis.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 25 June, 2019

Taoiseach says offer to phase in pay increase for striking health workers was made 'out of good will'

A strike by around 10,000 healthcare support workers is taking place tomorrow.

# simon-harris - Monday 24 June, 2019

Harris says all maternity hospitals 'should be in a position' to offer abortion services after Kilkenny medics letter

Doctors at St Luke’s wrote in a letter that they’d decided the hospital “is not an appropriate location for medical or surgical terminations”.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 19 June, 2019

Simon Harris vows to meet Rotunda chief to discuss new wing to tackle 'safety crisis' for premature babies

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

# simon-harris - Tuesday 18 June, 2019

€20,000 for women affected by CervicalCheck non-disclosure

Payments to women who have already applied through the scheme are expected to be made shortly.

# simon-harris - Sunday 16 June, 2019

Vaginal mesh implants: Women complain of delay in aftercare for severe complications

These surgeries have been suspended until recommendations made by the Chief Medical Officer are implemented.

Simon Harris says he'll look to protect Ruth Morrissey award in any appeal of her court case

The two laboratories involved in the case have said that they would appeal.

# simon-harris - Friday 14 June, 2019

PrEP programme to reduce HIV rates to be rolled out later this year

Rapid testing will be rolled out in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 11 June, 2019

Spinraza campaigners 'finally have hope' as HSE approves access to drug for rare disease Sma

Spinraza campaigners 'finally have hope' as HSE approves access to drug for rare disease

The drug has been approved for children with SMA Type I, II or III on “an exceptional and individualised basis”.

# simon-harris - Monday 10 June, 2019

Ban on Botox for under-18s to be considered as companies 'exploit' young people

Minister for Health Simon Harris says there’s “a desire by young men and women to be perfect, driven by social media”.

# simon-harris - Monday 3 June, 2019

Ministers considering alternative approaches to dealing with drug possession for personal use

A working group was set up last year to consider issues such as the possession of drugs for personal use, and to review other jurisdictions’ drug laws.

# simon-harris - Monday 27 May, 2019

Calls for free folic acid to be given to Irish women as minister considers it ahead of Budget

Taking folic acid every day helps prevent your unborn baby from developing serious and possibly fatal conditions.

# simon-harris - Saturday 25 May, 2019

Bord na Móna could take up responsibility for growing Ireland's medicinal cannabis supply Exclusive

Junior Minister Sean Canney has discussed the prospect with the company’s management.

# simon-harris - Friday 24 May, 2019

Virus which is the most common causes of gastroenteritis in children drops by 72% since vaccine rollout

Rotavirus disease is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in children.

# simon-harris - Thursday 23 May, 2019

Minister for Health to investigate reports of private entrance to National Children's Hospital

It emerged this month that the facility will be built to honour a 2008 contract with consultants.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 22 May, 2019

Harris says there are no plans to legalise cannabis in Ireland

The health minister plans to have the medicinal cannabis access scheme up and running in the summer.

# simon-harris - Monday 20 May, 2019

Doctors want cannabis risks highlighted, but campaigners says debate is conflating medicinal and recreational use

Medical experts said the government was ‘sleepwalking’ its way into supporting cannabis use in Ireland.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 15 May, 2019

'Wholly unsatisfactory': Harris pressed in Dáil over recruitment freeze in the HSE

Harris said he believed the HSE was putting “sensible” controls in place.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 8 May, 2019

Simon Harris says there will be a review of Waterford mortuary

He said he would consider who would carry out the review over the next few days.