Good morning Chairman and members of the Committee,
I am pleased to be here today to open these hearings on the General Scheme of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill.
I look forward to the presentations of your invited guests, and I am confident that these hearings will provide very useful input as we come to finalise drafting of the terms of the Bill. I was struck by the balanced and respectful approach taken by all during the last three days of hearings held by the Committee in January, and hope that the present hearings will be as productive. Read the rest of this entry »
Opening Statement by Minister for Health, James Reilly TD at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children
I thank the Chairman and the members for this opportunity to speak with them. I, along with my colleagues Ministers’ of State Kathleen Lynch and Róisín Shortall look forward to responding to your questions and having a valuable discussion with you on health service issues.
As you are well aware, the health service and health policy has particular relevance for every citizen, be they adult or child, male or female and wherever and in whatever circumstances they are living. It is no surprise, therefore, that the Government is fully committed not just to more efficient ways of delivering services but to a fundamental reform of the Irish Health Service. This was never going to be an easy task. The Government is implementing major reforms and introducing initiatives to improve the quality of service at a time when we, as a nation, are the most economically challenged that we have ever been. Read the rest of this entry »
Opening Statement by Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health on Poly Implant Prostheses (PIP) Breast Implants to the Joint Committee on Health & Children Leinster House
I thank the Chairman and the members for this opportunity to speak with them. I will keep my introductory statement as brief as possible and I will be happy to reply to as many comments and questions that I can deal with. I am aware that my colleagues in the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) met with you on 29th March last and provided you with a very comprehensive assessment of the current situation in relation to the regulation of medical devices and the IMB’s role in relation to same. Read the rest of this entry »