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Minister Reilly welcomes positive outcome of IMO NCHD ballot

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly has this evening (Thursday 14 November 2013) welcomed the outcome of the ballot of NCHD members of the IMO on settlement proposals negotiated between the IMO and the HSE under the auspices of the Labour Relations Commission.

Commenting the Minister reiterated his “firm commitment to achieving full compliance with the EWTD”. He aded that this would be “greatly facilitated by the collaborative process (involving the HSE, IMO and Department of Health) agreed at the LRC and now endorsed by the NCHDs”.

The Minister will continue to “pursue as a priority other issues of concern to NCHDs, in particular the career pathway for doctors”.

In this regard Minister Reilly will be meeting next week with the Chair of the national group which he set up to examine these issues, Prof Brian MacCraith (President of DCU).

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Opening Statement Secretary General of the Department of Health Committee of Public Accounts

2012 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General – Chapter 22 Eligibility for Medical Cards

I wish to thank the Committee for the invitation to assist in the examination of chapter 22 on the eligibility of medical cards and I welcome the opportunity to bring clarity to the legal position regarding such eligibility. As Secretary General of the Department of Health I strongly endorse the recommendations pertaining to eligibility outlined in the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report.

I would like to begin with some factual information regarding Medical Cards. It may be useful for the Deputies to know that, as of the 1st of October last, there were 1,864,509 medical cards issued by the HSE. This represents an increase of over 60% in the number of medical cards, or 700,000 individuals, since the end of 2005. Over 40% of the national population now holds a medical card, compared to 27% at the end of 2005. Read the rest of this entry »

Speech by Minister Alex White Symposium for Senior Pharmaceutical Policy Makers RCPI

Address for Minister Alex White Symposium for Senior Pharmaceutical Policy Makers  Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Introduction
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to welcome you this morning at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland for the launch of this Symposium for international Pharmaceutical Policy Makers.   It has been organised by the Irish Ministry for Health as a follow-up to the Health Ministers’ Summit which took place in Amsterdam in October 2012.  That Summit examined the benefits of responsible use of medicines.  At this Symposium today, we will build on this theme to discuss how to achieve responsible use of medicines.

We are delighted that participants from Africa, Australia, Asia, North and South America as well as Europe have travelled to attend here today.  While I had the pleasure of meeting many of you last evening for our Networking Event, I am aware that some of you were not able to be with us.  I wish to extend a special welcome to you and to say how pleased we are that you are here.  As I said last evening, whether or not this is your first visit to Dublin or indeed to Ireland, we certainly hope that it will not be your last.  I realise that in my few remarks yesterday, I only mentioned what you would find if you turned left up the street on leaving this building, that is the Irish Houses of Parliament as well as the National Library and National Museum of Archaeology & History.  If you turn right, you will find yourself looking at the railings to Trinity College Dublin.  It houses, amongst other treasures, the Old Library and the famous Book of Kells, an illuminated gospel manuscript created by Celtic monks in the 9th Century.  It is also my alma mater so I feel compelled to make reference to it. Read the rest of this entry »

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