HSE unsure of numbers hired despite €15.5m spend on recruitment firms

The HSE does not know how many people have been employed as a result of the activity of private recruiting firms, which have been paid a total of €15.5 million since 2020. According to a breakdown of numbers, these companies were paid €2.88 million in 2020 and €9.78 million in 2021, with €2.6 million paid … Read more

Ministers for Health establish Strategic Advisory Group on Monkeypox

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, and the Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan, have announced the establishment of a Strategic Advisory Group on monkeypox. The Group will advise the Minister for Health and Government on how best to respond to the monkeypox outbreak, enhancing … Read more

Monkeypox cases in Ireland raise to 97 in a week

97 new cases of monkeypox have been reported in Ireland, according to the HPSC’s most recent data. More than 25,000 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Europe, North America and other countries worldwide where it is not endemic. The majority of confirmed cases in Ireland, according to the HPSC, are not related to … Read more

Monkeypox declared global health emergency -WHO

Monkeypox has been declared as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization, the highest alert it can issue. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the monkeypox outbreak has “rapidly” spread around the world. “For all of these reasons, I have decided that the global monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of … Read more

Minister for Health receives cabinet approval to abolish public in-patient charges for children

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has today received Cabinet approval for the abolition of the statutory public in-patient charge for children. The Minister has received approval to draft the General Scheme of a Bill to provide for the abolition of both overnight and day-case public in-patient charges for children under 16. These charges have … Read more

‘Necessary’ health information legislation will deliver better care, says Donnelly

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has received Cabinet approval to develop the General Scheme of a Health Information Bill. The proposed Bill will help ensure that Ireland has a fit for purpose national health information system that enhances patient care and treatment and supports better planning and delivery of health services. Minister Donnelly said, … Read more

Government Ministers announce Irish support for Ukrainian health service

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien and Minister of State with responsibility for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Colm Brophy, with a number of government departments, the HSE (Health Service Executive) and state agencies, are working together to provide medical items to Ukraine in response to formal … Read more

Health Minister Donnelly approves ambitious proposals to alleviate paediatric orthopaedic waiting times

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has approved ambitious plans from Children’s Health Ireland and Cappagh Orthopaedic Hospital to reduce waiting times for children and adolescents awaiting paediatric orthopaedic surgery for conditions such as Spina Bifida and Scoliosis. The plan includes specific ringfenced funding for Cappagh Kids. Following a request from the Minister in January, the … Read more

Ireland hospitals have paid out almost €1bn in compensation in just four years

Hospitals paid out close to €1bn in compensation claims over four years, new figures show. Minister for Health  Stephen Donnelly released the figures to Cork East TD Seán Sherlock in response to a parliamentary question. The country’s seven hospital groups have paid between €215m and €282m in damages each year since 2018. They have already collectively paid out €11.5m … Read more

Ireland ranks top in EU for number of people eating fruits and vegetables daily for health

Ireland ranked top amongst EU Member States where people eat more fruits and vegetables daily. A study by Eurostat tried to find out the percentage of people consuming the recommended 5 portions of fruits and vegetables daily in EU through a survey in 2019. The survey included people aged 15 and above. According to their … Read more