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22.2.2016 Ireland’s first National Maternity Strategy, Creating A Better Future Together, 2016 – 2026 was launched by the Minister for Health on 27 January 2016. The Strategy maps out the future for maternity and neonatal care, to ensure that it will be safe, standardised, of high-...
3.2.2016 The Strategy sets out the Vision, Mission and Values for the Office. It also highlights the Officeâ?Ts Strategic Objectives until end 2017, as follows:  
1.2.2016 Minister Varadkar was joined by the Chief Nursing Officer Dr Siobhan Oâ?THalloran and nursing union leaders to launch the first national Framework for safe nurse staffing and skill mix in general and specialist medical and surgical care settings in acute hospitals. This is the first...
22.3.2016 This literature review on alcohol was commissioned by the Department of Health in 2014 to update evidence contained in the National Substance Misuse Strategy. To view a copy of the Review here.  
8.3.2016 Notice to Industry - March 2016 Under Articles 5 and 20 of Directive 2014/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014[1], on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning the manufacture, presentation and...
27.10.2015 The 2014 Annual Report details the progress made by the Department in achieving the goals set out in the Departmentâ?Ts Strategy Statement for 2011-2014. The goals were organised into six strategic programme areas: ·    Fair Access and Sustainability ·    Patient...
7.10.2015 The Healthy Ireland Survey is an interviewer-administered survey with interviews conducted on a face-to-face basis with individuals aged 15 and over. The initial wave of this survey involved 7,539 interviews. Fieldwork was conducted between November 2014 and August 2015. Healthy Ireland...
12.11.2015 The General Scheme of the Health Information and Patient Safety was approved by the Government on 10 November.  The Bill deals with a number of areas: including, information related matters, research ethics approval structures and matters aimed specifically at enhancing patient safety...
12.11.2015 Provisions to support open disclosure of patient safety incidents to be included in legislation to provide for Periodic Payment Orders were approved by the Government on 3 November 2015. The General Scheme of the provisions can be viewed here.
5.11.2015 On Tuesday 30th June, following a review of the proposed sites for the development of maternity hospitals in Dublin, the Department of Health announced the locations for the re-development of the Rotunda and the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospitals.  Read the report here.

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