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# Stephen Donnelly

Last week
17th September 2023 - 23rd September 2023
New round of Covid and flu vaccines to roll out at the start of October, minister says
The newest round of vaccines will come online on 2 October.
Sligo woman spent over 24 hrs on trolley in hospital hallway after life-threatening asthma attack
School teacher barely slept and couldn’t shower over four days in an emergency department.
As Dáil returns, all three Coalition leaders head to New York for UN High-Level Week
Leo Varadkar will also travel to Miami on Wednesday for the official opening of Consulate General of Ireland.
This month
September 2023
HSE deficit likely to hit at least €1bn with overspend to July running at €600m
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said the overspend is being driven by the HSE “spending money in areas where it should not be spending”.
Donnelly: 'Regardless of what he says about me in his book, Tony Holohan is an extraordinary public servant'
The health minister said he wished Holohan well.
Minister still has concerns about 'unintended consequences' of Fair Deal rental income change
Butler has concerns about the premature entries into nursing homes.
Donnelly: Emergency Department Taskforce will meet next Monday
The Emergency Taskforce was formed in 2015 to tackle emergency department overcrowding.
215,000 people become eligible for free GP care from today
People earning up to the median income will now be eligible for GP visit cards.
Cabinet to approve plans for new emerging health threats agency to prepare for future pandemics
A special Cabinet meeting is being held in Wicklow today.
Nicotine products to come under Drug Payments Scheme with cost capped at €80 per month
Currently you can get nicotine products for free if you have a medical card.
Free contraception scheme expanded to include women aged 27-30
It means women aged 17-30 can now avail of the scheme which was launched last September.
Last month
August 2023
Eligibility for GP visit cards expanded for people aged up to 69 and children aged 8 and over
The online application system will open next month.
Eamon Ryan not concerned about constituency redraws and says Greens in 'good health' ahead of next election
The Minister for Transport said he believes the Electoral Commission “got it right” in trying to adhere to county boundaries in yesterday’s redraw.
Stephen Donnelly: We need to get ‘very serious’ about smartphones in schools
The Health Minister said he would be in favour of an outright ban in both primary and secondary schools, but he added that a voluntary approach led by schools and parents might work best.
Dogfight for Wicklow TDs in next general election as constituency becomes 4-seater
Wicklow and Wexford has now been split into three constituencies.
No agreed completion date for new children's hospital, says Donnelly
The board for the project is refusing to accept the contractor’s revised date, after it said it would not meet the most recent deadline of May 2024.
July 2023
HSE to be split into six new health regions next year as part of long-awaited reforms
The plan says geographical appointments and appointments new roles will be complete by this October.
How do Ireland's age and BMI limits for free IVF compare to other countries?
The Journal understands that in crafting the Irish system, Scotland was looked to for guidance.
Couples can avail of publicly-funded IVF from September, but age and BMI limits will apply
One cycle of IVF will be available for eligible couples if they have availed of one privately funded cycle or have never availed of any.
Stephen Donnelly says speculation on cost of Children’s Hospital is ‘not helpful’
Donnelly said he believes Sinn Féin is “inadvertently” being used as “pawns” and that its members speculation on the cost of the NCH is not helpful.
Children's Hospital contractor 'needs to step up' and deliver project on time, says minister
The contractor is pushing out the handover date from March to May 2024, says the minister.
Free GP care to be expanded to another 500,000 people from August
The move will cover all six and seven-year-olds and people who are earning up to the median income.
Nearly 2,000 women approved for reimbursement of cost of pregnancy drug
A HSE review into the current arrangement to provide Cariban to women is due to conclude this month.
June 2023
Donnelly: Sugar tax will remain despite WHO saying artificial sweetener could cause cancer
Aspartame is commonly used in thousands of products including diet fizzy drinks, ice cream and chewing gum.
Ministers express unease over underspend on national roads projects
Cabinet was also told that Covid mitigation measures in hospitals are under review.
Optometrists call for end to ‘geographical lottery’ in children’s eye-care
The Optometry Ireland CEO said efforts in addressing these geographical gaps has been ‘very slow, minimal, and piecemeal’.
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.
May 2023
'Not in interest of the State' to share estimates of Children's Hospital final cost
The Minister said that rising costs for the hospital will not impact other healthcare facility projects, despite the HSE warning that it will.
Dentists pass no confidence vote in Donnelly as one in six wait three months for appointment
A survey of dentists in Ireland comes as the profession gathers in Kilkenny this weekend.
Donnelly in talks on establishing 'hospital-linked' accommodation for migrant nurses
The Health Minister said that he has spoken with hospital management about setting up accommodation for overseas staff in particular.
Patient Safety Bill, which aims to create 'culture' of transparency, signed into law
The Bill will require healthcare providers to disclose certain serious safety incidents to patients or their families.
Poll: Would you be happy for your pharmacist to treat minor ailments?
It is understood that the project is still at an early stage.
Health officials intend to allow pharmacies assess and treat patients with minor ailments
The proposal has been welcomed by the President of the Irish Pharmacy Union.
April 2023
Hospitals and EDs 'don't hold all solutions to overcrowding', Donnelly tells committee
The health minister acknowledged that waiting lists for scheduled care increased by nearly 60% between 2015 and 2021.
Varadkar 'reluctant' to make changes after review of state's abortion laws seeks end to three-day wait
A report by
Christina Finn
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly will bring a memo to Cabinet on Tuesday on the report’s recommendations.
Donnelly found out 'yesterday' that Robert Watt tried to email him about Holohan secondment
He said that he handed his phone and laptop over for a week due to a “security issue”.
Donnelly: 'Unacceptable' that abortion services are not available in all maternity hospitals
The Health Minister also said that the review of Irish abortion law would be published “very shortly”.
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.
Rollout of pandemic bonus has had errors but is largely complete, says Donnelly
A total of €208 million in tax-free pandemic bonus payments has been issued, the health minister said.