The Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly, TD today (Friday 7 February 2013) attended the first meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group on Hospital Groups.
The Group’s remit is to ensure that international best practice informs the implementation of hospital groups. It includes both Irish and international members, from a wide range of backgrounds and many different perspectives on healthcare.
The Minister said:
“This group has a key role to play in helping us to address the many complex challenges involved in this fundamental reform of our hospital services. I am delighted that we have been able to bring together people with huge experience and expertise, both nationally and internationally, to help us move forward as quickly as possible.”
The Chair, Mr. Leo Kearns, said:
“There are potentially huge gains to be made for our healthcare system and ultimately for patients through the establishment of hospital groups. I very much look forward to working with the group to play our part in delivering this reform.”
Minister for Health announces two satellite centres of the new children’s hospital
The Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly, today (28th January 2014) announced that construction of satellite centres of the new children’s hospital will go ahead on the campus of Tallaght Hospital on the southside of Dublin and Connolly Hospital on the northside of Dublin.
Both centres will be established in advance of the main hospital opening, with an estimated completion date of mid-2016, subject to detailed site studies and planning consent.
The satellite centres are being developed in order to enhance access to emergency/urgent care facilities for children in the Greater Dublin Area. As well as urgent care, each centre will also provide secondary acute outpatient services, including rapid access general paediatric clinics. Read the rest of this entry »
Minister for Health launches National Clinical Guideline on the Prevention and Control of MRSA
Rates of MRSA Halved since 2006
The Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD, today (11 December) launched the Second National Clinical Guideline – Prevention and Control Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
This guideline was quality assured by the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee (NCEC). The NCEC recommended the guideline to the Minister, who endorsed it.
The Minister said
“while we have reduced the rates of MRSA by 50% since 2006, we still have a long way to go. We must continue to systematically address the prevalence of MRSA in Ireland. This guideline is a significant step and I am pleased to launch it.”