Cost of cigarettes to be doubled?

Minister for Health James Reilly has called for the price of cigarettes to be increased to €1 each or €20 a pack, more than twice the current price. Unveiling his latest move in the war on tobacco, Dr Reilly said this would ensure that people “think long and hard before … Continue reading

1 year maximum on Hospital Waiting Lists

All public hospitals are being instructed to ensure they have no patients waiting more than 12 months by the end of the year. The Minister for Health Dr James Reilly has also announced changes in the role of the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF), which will take place with immediate … Continue reading

HSE Nursing Homes can charge over €2,000 per week

Nursing homes run by the HSE are charging weekly fees of up to €2,139, it emerged yesterday, according to the Irish Independent. However, it remains unclear how much an elderly person who needs to be admitted to one of these homes will have to pay if they have not been … Continue reading

Our Health System could bankrupt our Country

Health Minister James Reilly has warned that unless reforms are made our healthcare system alone could bankrupt the country. “Even if we were not facing the dire financial situation this country does face, if we had no plan to reform our health service, the country would be bankrupted by the … Continue reading

Welcome to our new Health Minister – Dr James Reilly

As was widely expected, Fine Gael’s Dr James Reilly has been appointed Minister for Health in the new coalition Government ( Dr Reilly was first elected to the Dail in 2007 and was appointed Fine Gael health spokesman shortly afterwards. He was appointed the party’s Deputy Leader last July. He … Continue reading