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# Stephen Donnelly

This week
18th February 2024 - 24th February 2024
Taoiseach accused of 'callous broken promises' over spinal surgery delays for children
Investigation launched after death of second teenage girl at University Hospital Limerick
This month
February 2024
Purpose-built apartment blocks for healthcare staff such as junior doctors must be considered, says Donnelly
Donnelly to tell Cabinet probability of introduction and spread of measles in Ireland is high
There have been increasing numbers of measles cases notified in Europe since the beginning of 2023.
MMR vaccine uptake in Ireland is currently below the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended target uptake.
The HSE is exploring developing a proposal for an MMR catch-up programme in Leaving Cert pupils.
It may also expand to college students.
Labour criticises Govt as just 3% of those deemed eligible for GP visit card avail of scheme
Last month
January 2024
Donnelly to progress Bill allowing pharmacists to dispense some medicines without prescription
Stephen Donnelly ‘not satisfied’ with management of patient flow at overcrowded hospitals
Donnelly defends preventing Aoife Johnston's family any input into inquiry's terms of reference
Last year
2023
Long-awaited cardiac care review to be published next year, says minister
Donnelly: 'Children waiting for spinal surgeries have been failed by their own country'
'Not going to be like the UK one': Donnelly expecting different tone to Ireland's Covid inquiry
More 'blitz clinics' needed as minister says hospital waiting lists will continue to fall
Boosting staff numbers in community teams for children with disabilities 'top priority', says minister
Sale of vapes to under-18s banned from tomorrow
GP centre won't prescribe 'highly addictive' painkillers due to concerns over illegal drug trade
There have been growing concerns in recent weeks about the sale of opioids and other powerful painkillers.
A GP centre in Dublin is refusing to prescribe powerful painkillers like Oxycontin or "highly addictive" benzodiazepines
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said prescription medications often end up being sold on the street
Benzodiazepines are generally prescribed to treat anxiety, sleep disorders and seizures
Taoiseach says Ireland’s Covid inquiry will 'certainly' be held next year
Ban on sale of vapes to under-18s will come into effect before Christmas, says Health Minister
Vaccine to protect infants from RSV may be available in Ireland next year
Talks underway with pharma companies to ensure women can access pregnancy sickness meds through GP
Study pinpoints cause of severe sickness during pregnancy
Long-awaited review into cardiac care still sitting on minister's desk, committee to be told
Cabinet to approve legislation that will approve and recognise surrogacy arrangements
Plans for the Covid inquiry will go to Cabinet in next two weeks
Health Minister unable to commit to HSE trolley target over the winter months
Hospitals to roll out 'virtual wards' so patients can be treated at home next year
Free nasal spray flu vaccine programme extended to children aged between 13 and 17
Newborn babies to be tested for Spinal Muscular Atrophy from next year
Public to be consulted about future laws on vaping, as Donnelly 'deeply concerned' about child usage
150,000 women aged 17 to 26 have accessed free contraception scheme this year
Over 1,000 hospital consultants sign up to new public-only contract
Dáil votes to restrict advertising of vaping products and ban the sale to under 18s
Pharmacists to be enabled to extend validity of prescriptions to a maximum of 12 months
Safe access zone law could be 'made a mockery of' if gardaí can't log warnings, TDs say
HSE 'doesn't waste' public money despite €1.5bn deficit, as TD praises 'ballsy' chief executive
Ministers blasted over health budget funding as TDs say it is a 'hammer blow' to the public
Donohoe won't get into 'war of words' over health budget, says financial controls are needed
Women face higher costs than men in life, says minister at workplace menopause policy launch
Govt walking into trouble with warnings health system underfunding will have 'freeze effect'
Minister 'disappointed' with €13m for new mental health measures, confirms ADHD adult service expansion halted
Donnelly brings winter public health plans to Cabinet with Covid vaccine rollout details