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Joint Committee on Health and Children

The timely provision of timely and high quality healthcare is a key priority for everyone. 

This Committee plays an important role in scrutinising the work of the Department of Health and its agencies, as well as examining current health policy, assessing the future planning of health services and scrutinising any proposed changes to the way healthcare is delivered in this country.

This Committee's remit also extends to scrutinising the work of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and key stakeholders in promoting the interests of children and young people in Ireland.

The Committee examines issues of current interest within its remit and will usually produce a report setting out its findings and making recommendations to the Government.


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What's on this week

Week commencing Monday 30th November 2015

The Joint Committee on Health and Children will be holding two meetings this week. On Tuesday 1st  December at 4.00 p.m., in Committee Room 1, LH2000, the Committee will receive a briefing on HIV in Ireland, the emerging trends and key responses, with Mr Tiernan Brady, Director of Gay HIV Strategies, Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN); Mr. Niall Mulligan, Executive Director, HIV Ireland; and Ms. Deirdre Seery, CEO, Cork Sexual Health Centre, presenting to the Committee.

And on Thursday 3rd of December the Joint Committee will meet at 11.15 a.m. in Committee Room 2, LH2000, to hear of concerns regarding the HPV Vaccine (Gardasil) with representatives from Reactions and Effects of Gardasil Resulting in Extreme Trauma (R.E.G.R.E.T); and Dr. Colette Bonner, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, presenting to the Committee.

Also on Thursday the Select Sub-Committee on Children and Youth Affairs will meet at 9.30 a.m., in Committee Room 2, LH2000, to take the 2015 Supplementary Estimates for Public Services - Vote 40 (Children and Youth Affairs), with Dr. James Reilly T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, presenting the Estimates to the Committee.

Note: Committee meetings are webcast and often televised live on the Oireachtas TV channel, which is available on UPC 207 and Sky 574. To view all broadcasting options click on the following link. Meetings are also broadcast on the Houses of the Oireachtas Smartphone App which is available free of charge from the App stores on iTunes and Android.

News from the Committee

25 November 15
Health Committee to discuss independent advocacy for users of health & social care services

24 November 15
Health Committee presents Pre-Legislative Scrutiny Report on new Adoption Bill to Minister for Children

24 November 15
Select sub Committee on Health to take Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2015


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Health Committee Presentation to Minister Reilly (24.11.15)Members of the Joint Committee on Health and Children presenting the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. James Reilly T.D., with the Committee's Report on the Pre - Legislative Scrutiny on the General Scheme and Heads of the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill. From Left, Deputies Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Catherine Byrne, Joe Costello, Senator Colm Burke, Regina Doherty, Jerry Buttimer (Chairman), Minister Reilly, Sandra McLellan, Peter Fitzpatrick, Seamus Healy and Robert Troy.

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