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# Department of Health

Last month
November 2023
150,000 women aged 17 to 26 have accessed free contraception scheme this year
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said he is “delighted to see such high uptake” among young women.
Over 1,000 hospital consultants sign up to new public-only contract
Under the new contract, consultants can be asked to work 8am to 10pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 6pm Saturday as part of their core 37-hour week.
This year
Donohoe won't get into 'war of words' over health budget, says financial controls are needed
The minister says financial controls need to be put in place to deal with health overspends.
Donnelly says focus of Health Budget 2024 is 'running the services we have'
Medical groups have said the funding allocated to health services in this year’s budget doesn’t go far enough to meet the population’s needs.
HSE managerial and admin staff begin industrial action
The staff not be working outside of their contracted hours or do any work relating to publishing the service’s statistics.
Donnelly orders statutory review into use of unlicensed springs in surgeries at Temple Street
The health watchdog will also review oversight processes and governance within Children’s Health Ireland on the use of surgical implants.
Donnelly brings winter public health plans to Cabinet with Covid vaccine rollout details
A vaccination programme will commence next week with vaccines for Covid-19 and flu for those eligible.
Families who lost loved ones to sepsis call on HSE to start 'aggressive' awareness campaign
Almost 3,000 people die with sepsis in Ireland in a year.
Worst August for hospital overcrowding since 2004, sparking fears for winter ahead
The INMO is of the view that the situation in Ireland’s hospitals is not being met with the “urgency or focus required”.
HSE admin staff taking industrial action over reliance on agency staff amid recruitment ban
Fórsa members said that the HSE is spending “lavish” amounts of money on private consultants rather than “upskilling” its existing staff.
‘God power’: Concern over State examining parental fitness as part of IVF scheme
A report by
Maria Delaney
Advocates say that a ‘very subjective’ assessment could lead to discrimination.
Many fear strict criteria will prevent them availing of the newly announced publicly-funded scheme
This includes an assessment of intended parents to determine the welfare of any potential child
Disabilities and health conditions likely to be examined in this process
Opinion: The IVF funding scheme may be devastating for many, but it will also relieve some heartache
Explainer: How will the new publicly funded IVF scheme work?
Carers to have national living wage guaranteed for first time alongside pay for travel time
Minister Donnelly said the new higher rate will help maintain service delivery and reduce waiting times for home support.
'I felt experimented on': Survivors protest but vaginal mesh use still not ruled out
One woman said that she at times had to put pads in the freezer and wear them to work to get through the pain she was in.
Mesh Survivors Ireland are now calling for a redress scheme to be put in place for women who have been through this.
The survivor's group brought a letter to the Dáil to state their disappointment in the lack of improvements in aftercare services since 2018.
Eimer McAuley reports the latest comment from the Department of Health.
Australian court upholds lawsuit against J&J for 'negligent' marketing of pelvic mesh implants
Johnson & Johnson found 'negligent' in pelvic mesh lawsuit in Australia
'The system is broken': Carlow toddler with scoliosis without therapy due to staffing crisis
A report by
Eimer McAuley
“There is no one for us to pick up the phone to,” Shannon’s mum said.
Mother-of-five Yvonne Proctor speaks to The Journal about her "fight with the system".
Her daughter Shannon was diagnosed with scoliosis after her parents noticed that she was holding her neck to one side.
The Proctor family feels that, despite the huge financial burden, they will now have to go private to get Shannon therapy services.
Donnelly says child scoliosis patients should receive surgery within four months under new plan
Waiting lists for children's surgeries to be tackled by extending operating theatre hours
Medicine shortages: Dept Health says 'numerous alternatives available to ensure continuity of care'
Figures released today showed that three out of five patients have experienced medicine shortages in the last 12 months.
Families of residents who will be 'kicked out' of Cork nursing home urge Taoiseach to step in
The families claimed that Minister Mary Butler has only written to the most “vocal families” to offer them help finding other accommodation for their loved ones, but has not engaged with others.
Access to cancer treatment has returned to pre-Covid levels, report finds
The government allocated €35 million in extra funding last year and recruited 172 additional staff to cancer services.
Number of trainee GPs to increase by one third to tackle long waiting times
The number of trainees on the non-EU GP training scheme will also be increased to 250.
Donnelly defends signing into law world’s first legislation on health labelling of alcohol
Labels will state the calorie content and grams of alcohol in the product.
GPs say new medical card holders will struggle to get seen in midst of 'workforce crisis'
The Medical Director of the ICGP said GPs are facing a serious workforce shortage.
Total withdrawal of partner access in maternity hospitals 'not appropriate', says HSE
Campaigners have criticised how partners continue to be restricted in attending appointments in some hospitals.
Tanaiste supports Robert Watt’s position at Department of Health despite Holohan controversy
Watt appeared before the Oireachtas finance committee yesterday, largely rejecting an external review into the proposed secondment of former CMO Tony Holohan.
Holohan report: Watt rejects most findings as Donnelly says all involved acted in 'good faith'
The finance committee heard that Stephen Donnelly’s laptop had been hacked during the period the secondment was agreed.
Indian nurses recruited by HSE wait months in Ireland without their children before starting work
A report by
Eimer McAuley
Twenty-nine migrant nurses who were recruited to one Dublin hospital were promised six weeks of paid accommodation, and then told they would have to leave after a week on arrival.
Twenty-nine migrant nurses who were recruited to one Dublin hospital were promised six weeks of paid accommodation, and then told they would have to leave after a week on arrival.
One mother-of-two from India hasn't been able to find a house to rent so her family can join her, Eimer McAuley reports.
In-patient fees for public hospitals scrapped from today
Patients could previously be charged up to €80 per day, with a cap of €800 per year.
Pay talks: Additional money for HSE funded agencies 'must go on worker's pay, not admin costs'
Trade unions are set to push the State to reclassify agency healthcare workers as public servants.
Review of abortion services to go to Cabinet in coming weeks
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the review was ‘about improving access to services’.
Hundreds of heartfelt notes left at mural of Savita Halappanavar are published online
The personal messages left in tribute to Savita will now be preserved and accessible in the future.
Covid Tracker app expected to be 'decommissioned' by this summer
The app cost €811,227 to launch with over €100,000 spent on support and development in the six months after it launched.
HSE bought 10 times more ventilators than necessary, hundreds of which were unusable
The HSE spent €129 million on ventilators, buying nearly twice the number approved by the Department of Health.
New endometriosis treatment plan to include faster treatment times and two specialist centres
The framework will be implemented on a phased basis, commencing this year.
Nursing home staff question ethics of relying on large nutrition firms to assess residents
Nursing home staff said that elderly residents are being transferred to hospital to get catheters changed because it is so hard to access primary care.
Nursing home charges: Legal strategy was 'never challenged' by politicians, says top civil servant
Many medical card holders who were in long-term care between 1976 to 2005 had to pay when it should have been free.
Families of nursing home residents being charged for 'incontinence wear, bandages and therapy'
“It’s a scandal, one family paid €2,500 to a private nursing home in just over a year,” a TD said today.
Nursing home charges: What is the controversy about and how has the Government responded?
A 2011 memo stated that the liability from these incorrect charges could amount to €12 billion.
Calls for Government to publish records on 'secret strategy' for illegal nursing home charges
It follows a report in today’s Irish Mail on Sunday.
Department of Health no longer a sponsor of RTÉ's Operation Transformation
In both 2021 and 2022, the Department spent €230,000 to sponsor the series which has come under criticism for its focus on weight loss.
Still no timeline for safe access zone bill, deemed a 'priority' by Government in 2021
The legislation was meant to be published last March.
Strength of gay community response to monkeypox was ‘key’ in controlling outbreak
After Covid, monkeypox was the first big test for Ireland’s public health system. How did we fare – and what can we learn?
Government commitment to reduce hospital parking charges ‘not prioritised’
Despite repeated promises, little progress has been made to prevent the cost of hospital parking falling on the most vulnerable.
A HSE implementation plan to reduce parking charges was written in 2019 but 'has been superseded by the passage of time'
It would cost at least €4.75 million to cap daily charges at €10
Advocate: 'It would be an easy win for the government'