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# Stephen Donnelly

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# confusing caper
Explainer: What's going on with Tony Holohan's taxpayer-funded job in Trinity?
Holohan’s move is an “open-ended secondment” from the Department of Health.
# New Job
Dr Tony Holohan rules out return as Chief Medical Officer after his new role in Trinity College
Controversy has surrounded the salary payment of for his new professorship in Trinity College.
# 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.
# regional health areas
Government approves creation of new Regional Health Areas as part of Sláintecare reforms
There will be a total of six RHAs under the new plans approved by the Government.
# Covid-19
Government wants a much smaller group with 'fresh' thinking for NPHET's replacement
Around 14 people will sit on the new group which is due to be announced this week.
Around 14 people will sit on the new group, due to be announced this week, Christina Finn writes.
Government reportedly believes some 'fresh' thinking is required on group.
It is understood that Health Minister wants to ensure scientists are well represented and that there is a better gender balance.
# Covid in cabinet
Justice Minister tests positive for Covid-19 as Health Minister isolates with flu-like symptoms
Taoiseach Micheál Martin tested positive for Covid-19 in Washington last week.
# patient safety
Donnelly warns he doesn't want patient safety Bill to create culture of fear within health service
Stephen Donnelly said he does not want to create a culture where people are ‘too afraid’ to report incidents.
# essential workers
State will pay €100,000 to families of healthcare workers who died of Covid
The HPSC reports that 22 healthcare workers have died having contracted Covid.
# Coronavirus
Covid-19 restrictions for people travelling to Ireland to end tomorrow
International travellers to Ireland will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative PCR test upon arrival.
# Health reforms
HSE boss admits ‘challenges’ ahead as €20 billion National Service Plan unveiled
The plan contains pledges to cut waiting lists and continue Ireland on the path to universal healthcare.
Cabinet agrees to publish bill on regulation of reproductive healthcare
An Assisted Human Reproduction watchdog is to be set up under the new bill.
# waiting list action plan
Health Minister launches €350 million action plan to slash hospital waiting lists
Stephen Donnelly said the plan will see 1.7 million people treated and removed from waiting lists, and reduce the total number by 18%.
# hyperemesis gravidarum
Govt one step closer to giving severe illness during pregnancy drug free of charge
U-turn on calling Cariban a food supplement as HPRA says such classification is not appropriate.
# sláintecare
Deferrals caused by Covid will increase hospital waiting lists this year, says Health Sec Gen
Over 1.5 million people will be added to the waiting lists this year, the Oireachtas Health Committee will hear.
# hospital parking
Govt won't oppose hospital parking bill, but department 'working on plans' to cap daily charge
The private members’ bill is being brought forward by the Aontú party.
# Waiting Lists
Waiting lists for children's surgeries to be tackled by extending operating theatre hours
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said “far too many” children are waiting too long for orthopaedic surgery
# Pregnancy
Group to investigate options for funding severe pregnancy sickness drug to make it more available
The drug, known as Cariban, is currently unavailable on the drugs payment scheme or by medical card.
# severe morning sickness
Health Minister insists State won't reimburse cost of drug to treat severe pregnancy sickness
When Stephen Donnelly was in Opposition he told Simon Harris that the drug called Cariban should be available on the drugs payment scheme.
# cost of cancer
Debt collectors calling on cancer patients is 'immoral and must stop', say TDs
There is cross-party support for a motion that calls for the scrapping of €80 inpatient charges and parking charges.
# 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.
# Surrogacy
Special Oireachtas committee on international surrogacy to be established
The committee is expected to report with recommendations within three months of its establishment.
# transvaginal mesh
Vaginal mesh and Gardasil: Approval for general indemnity cover and product liability cover
A proposal brought forward by Stephen Donnelly was approved by Cabinet today.
# easing restrictions
Varadkar wants to set 31 March as a deadline to end almost all legal Covid restrictions
The EU Digital Covid Cert would be still needed for international travel in Europe.
Minister hopeful of bigger crowds returning for sporting events
Stephen Donnelly was speaking ahead of NPHET’s meeting on Thursday.
# Covid-19
Isolation rules for close contacts are being relaxed from today — here's a look at the changes
The new, more relaxed regime is being put in place largely to alleviate staffing issues across the economy.
# antigen test
People will be able to register their positive antigen test on the HSE website from tomorrow
People will be able to upload their close contacts through the online system.
# hospital figures
Number of patients with Covid in hospital but admitted for other reasons close to 30% - CMO
The HSE is to provide the health minister with details about the patient types included in the Covid hospitalisation numbers.
# vaccine rollout
Children aged 5-11 can get the Covid-19 vaccine from today
Health authorities are encouraging parents and guardians to get their children vaccinated.
# sodium valproate
Irish families impacted by valproate scandal welcome French court ruling allowing class action
The move in France comes as Irish families await a long-promised inquiry into the use of the drug here.
# Interview
Leas Ceann Comhairle concerned about govt 'lack of accountability' on Covid heading into 2022
Connolly says she is concerned about democracy and the lack of oversight of ‘draconian’ laws being rolled over into next year.
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# Explainer
New Covid testing and isolation guidelines: Here's everything you need to know
The changes are aimed at freeing up Covid-19 testing capacity and easing disruption to businesses.
# Organ Donation
Over 200 organ transplants carried out despite 'extremely challenging' year for service
Ninety-nine donors were involved in the process – 64 people who had died and 35 living donors.
# vaccine rollout
Boosters for over-30s from next week, first doses for children 5-11 from next month
People aged 16 to 29 who received the Janssen vaccine will be entitled to a booster next week.
People aged 16 to 29 who received the Janssen vaccine will be entitled to a booster next week.
Over 106,000 booster jabs were administered yesterday
Everyone in Ireland over five will be entitled to a vaccine from next month.
Omicron less severe but large case numbers may see hospitalisations increase, says UK health agency
Why a jump in Covid cases on a given day doesn't always mean an official 'backlog'
# sláintecare
Three elective hospitals to be developed in Cork, Galway and Dublin to help tackle waiting lists
It is estimated that they will cater for up to 940,000 planned procedures and operations every year.
# booster rollout
People aged 40-49 to be offered Covid boosters from 19 December
It comes after Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said Digital Covid Certificates will be reissued in January to include booster vaccines.
# Covid-19
Government won't refund inbound travellers who got Covid tests before requirement was delayed
The rule was deferred for two days at the start of the month.
# 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
# vaccine programme
Free flu vaccine programme to be extended to people aged over 50
The expansion of the flu vaccine programme was announced by Health Minister Stephen Donnelly this afternoon
# hotel quarantine
Mandatory hotel quarantine signed back into law amid Omicron concerns
The law allows for travellers who arrive in Ireland from specific named countries to have to stay in a hotel for 14 days.
# extension to powers
Government says it's 'not practical' to give Dáil scrutiny to Covid emergency powers
A number of politicians have said they are not prepared to sign off on giving ‘wide ranging powers’ to the health minister.