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Berkeley Street, Inns Quay, Dublin 7

This morning.

Ellen Coyne, in The Times Ireland edition, reports:

Simon Harris has published a new proposal designed to crack down on rogue crisis pregnancy agencies.

The Health and Social Care Professionals Act will include plans for a 13-person board to set minimum standards for the profession in early 2018. The department of health told The Times that counsellors who claim to offer objective advice to pregnant women will also be included.

The health minister said in September last year that he wanted to legislate against anti-abortion groups posing as crisis pregnancy counsellors.

His move followed an investigation by The Times that revealed groups told women that abortion caused breast cancer and could turn them into child abusers.

Crisis pregnancy agencies not in receipt of state funding are not regulated by the HSE. The government said that it would fix the anomaly several times over the past year but repeatedly missed its own targets for doing so.

Minister set to take on pregnancy groups (Ellen Coyne, The Times)

Previously: Behind The Blue Door

Irish Independent, May 11, 2016


That’s absolutely disgNOMNOMNOMNNOM


In a statement from the Cork University Maternity Hospital to Mr O’Connell, the hospital said:

“Cork University Maternity Hospital has in place a multidisciplinary ‘Nutritional and Catering Group’ that meets on a regular basis.

“The Group includes a Catering Officer, Ward Managers and a hospital-based Dietician to ensure all patients receive proper nutritional food and meals.

“With the assistance of the hospital dietician and feedback from patient surveys, Cork University Maternity Hospital has created menus that contain meals, which are nutritionally balanced.

“All patients are offered a daily menu of healthy options that include salads, brown bread, fruit and yogurts.

“On some occasions, a small number of long-standing patients may request a preferential option and the hospital accommodates these requests if it is appropriate for the patient. 

“The hospital also has an evening time trolley service for patients consisting of sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, cheese and crackers.

“Every effort is made by the ward manager to ensure each patient receives an appropriate and nutritionally balanced meal of their choice.

“While we do not comment on individual cases, we apologise for any stress or inconvenience caused to this patient.”


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Just now.

A 25-page report on the terms of agreement between the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street and St Vincent’s Hospital Group – as written by mediator Kieran Mulvey – have been published by Health Minister Simon Harris.

It comes a week after the Irish Times reported that the Religious Sisters of Charity would be sole owners  of the new hospital.

Read the report on the terms of agreement in full here

More to follow.

hospital 595_9050500710/03/2017.New National Maternity Hospital. Pictured a model of St Vincents University Hospital and how the new building (White) will fit into the existing complex. Today the Minister marked the submission of the planning application for the new National Maternity Hospital on the St Vincents campus to An Bord Pleanala. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie hospital 581_90505009 copy

10/03/2017.New National Maternity Hospital. Pictured Minister for Health Simon Harris TD looking at a model of St Vincents University Hospital and how the new building will fit into the existing complex. Today the Minister marked the submission of the planning application for the new National Maternity Hospital on the St Vincents campus to An Bord Pleanala. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie 

This  afternoon..

St Vincent’s Hospital, Merrion Road, Dublin 4

Minister for Health Simon Harris with middle pic, from left: St Vincent’s Chief Operating Officer Kay Connolly and Dr Rhona Mahony, Master at Holles Street, with a model of St Vincent’s University Hospital and how the new National Maternity Hospital might fit into the existing complex in Mount Merrion. Plans were submitted to An Bord Planeala today.

Previously: Deal reached for National Maternity Hospital to move to St Vincent’s


27/09/2016. Cabinet Meetings. Pictured Minister for Health Simon Harris TD arriving at Government Buildings for the Cabinet of the First day of the Dail term after the Summer break. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Minister for Health Simon Harris


The day you slithered from the womb
the Doctor held you aloft, confirmed what we’d feared:
Madam, it’s a potential Minister for Health.” And newborn you
screamed what we later understood to mean:
bring me your perforated eardrums, your infected
urinary tracts, and I will set up a committee to look in them.”
But this most recent birth wasn’t the beginning.
Since shortly before time officially began,
you’ve dragged yourself across the top soil.

You were present and correct to brush the dandruff
off the Lord Mayor’s hat each time he visited
the municipal Home for Unfortunate Women
whose babies had to be flogged
to couples named Barbara and Algernon,
so as to be prudent with the Parish’s pennies.

You were on hand to personally present
the late archbishop with his fifth chocolate biscuit,
last time he visited the much maligned
School for The Blind, which used to be
where the town abattoir now stands.

And it was written
in lines later deleted from the Book of Judges
that it would be you who’d flood
our hospitals with avant-garde urologists
who instead of the traditional
(and far more costly) balloon catheter,
and ultrasonic stone disintegration apparatus,
prefer more radical treatments involving
a fishing rod and an electric hair straightener.

Your upcoming marriage the usual
confidence and supply arrangement
you’ve had every other century.
Your fingers are starving worms
patiently awaiting their moment.

Kevin Higgins


Previously: Kevin Higgins on Broadsheet

Kevin Higgins

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This morning.

Royal College of Physicians, Dublin 2

Minister for Health Simon Harris speaks to reporters after giving an address to the Health Enterprise Alliance Symposium.

Mr Harris continues to deal with the fallout of the RTÉ Investigates programme on Monday that revealed the HSE operate at least two other waiting lists not published by the National Treatment Purchase Fund, the body responsible for putting together list data.

Name that physician anyone?

UPDATE: It’s Abraham Colles.

HSE fury over Simon Harris’s response on waiting lists (Irish Times)

Health Minister Simon Harris in secret hospital waiting list talks with HSE after feeling ‘ashamed’ over long delays (The Irish Sun)


File Photo Simon Harris 'ashamed' and 'heartbroken' but defends government on waiting lists. End. 25/11/2016. National Maternity Hospital. Fine Gael Minister for Health Simon Harris talking to the media while meeting the parents and babies in the National Maternity Hospital (Holles St) in Dublin. Following the announcement that an agreement has been reached between the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) and St Vincents Hospital Group on the redevelopment of the NMH on the Elm Park campus. The Minister took a tour of the National Maternity Hospital (Holles St) in Dublin before the eventual plan to move it to the new National Maternity Hosptial in St. Vincent's Hosptial which the Minister hopes will be ready to accept mothers in 2021. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

“The personal stories of the people waiting for treatment are deeply moving and the experiences they describe are absolutely inexcusable.

“I am keenly aware of this burden and it is for this reason that last summer I requested that the HSE put in place an Action Plan to halve the number of patients waiting over 18 months for treatment….

However, I think it is important to note that, while there are still too many people who have to wait too long for their treatment, as of last December, only 2% of patients were waiting longer than 18 months for treatment. 93% were receiving treatment within 15 months and over half were receiving treatment within 6 months.”

Minister for Health Simon Harris (top) on last night’s RTÉ Investigates (above) programme on overcrowding in Irish hosptials

Viewers shocked as people on hospital waiting lists often consider suicide (Irish Examiner)




This afternoon.

A series of tweets in response to Minster for Health Simon Harris, by nurse and midwife Polly.

Previously: The Flu? In Winter?

Thanks DJLinehan61



Minister for Health Simon Harris

There has been a significant increase in flu like illnesses. GPs are reporting a 50 per cent increase in flu patients and there has been a 20 per cent increase in people over 75 with flu,…It was easy to predict that this was going to happen after the event. None of the evidence indicated this severe a problem.”

Minister for Health Simon Harris (above) on Newstalk’s Breakfast this morning. The number of people on hospital trolleys remains at over 600 today.

Ken Foxe writes:

….Except the HSE had warned that the winter initiative could be ineffective if there was an outbreak of flu, bad weather and so on in their draft plan

The HSE had been keen to say that targets set in the initiative might not be met depending on circumstances.

In particular, they had warned of “unusually high demand” particularly among older people, the potential for flu, and the possible impact of weather conditions.

And what did the Department of Health do? They asked that this warning be moved prior to publication of the plan so they could emphasise the “positive effects” of the initiative.

Good times.

Health Minister says nobody could see overcrowding crisis coming … except for HSE who warned Department of Health and were asked to downplay risk (Ken Foxe)

Patients on trolleys still over 600, latest figures show (Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times)