Naughten confirms Government extends maternity benefit to mothers of pre-mature babies

In Families, Health, News by Denis Naughten

Local Minister Denis Naughten confirms the Government is extending maternity leave and benefit to mothers of pre-mature babies. Under the plan a mother would be entitled to receive an extra period of maternity leave and benefit in addition to the current statutory 26 weeks of paid maternity leave. “The extended period of benefit would be equivalent to the duration between …

Minister Naughten raises concerns over mental health review delays

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Local Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed that he has raised his concerns at Cabinet over ongoing delays surrounding the publication of the review of the Roscommon Mental Health Services. This follows news that the publication of the review has once again been delayed and is now not expected to be made available to relevant stakeholders until the end of August. …

Denis Naughten launches expansion of Schemes to tackle energy poverty

In Energy, Families, Health, News, Older People by Denis Naughten

Local Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten has announced an expansion of Schemes to combat energy poverty and encourages eligible householders across Roscommon and East Galway to apply. March 6th 2017 Speaking at the Energy Action Fuel Poverty and Climate Action Conference 2017 Minister Naughten said: “Everyone deserves a home they can afford to heat and to …

Prescription charges for medical card holders come into effect Wednesday March 1st

In Families, Health, News, Older People by Denis Naughten

Feb 27th, 2017 Local Cabinet Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed that the reduction in the prescription charge for medical card holders aged over 70 will come into effect tomorrow March 1st following this morning’s Cabinet meeting to copper-fasten the reduced charges in law that were announced in Budget 2017.  “The change will result in savings from tomorrow for many of …

Appointment of child psychologist to be a priority – Minister Naughten

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

The recruitment of a child psychologist for County Roscommon is to be treated as a priority by the HSE, local Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed. Minister Naughten had sought approval of the post to address the growing waiting list of children in the county who are unable to access child psychology services. “The vacant position in Primary Care Psychology in …

Naughten confirms improvements to ambulance service in 2017

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Local Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed the Cabinet has approved an additional allocation of €1m for improvements in the National Ambulance Service in 2017, as part of the overall HSE Service Plan. Also included in the 2017 HSE Service Plan is a commitment to develop protocols for the transport of patients to facilities other than Emergency Departments, which would allow …

Palliative care funding will allow children to spend last Christmas at home – Naughten

In Families, Health, News by Denis Naughten

Confirmation of a children’s palliative care outreach nurse service in the 2017 HSE Service Plan will ensure many children with a terminal illness will be able to spend their last Christmas at home surrounded by family, states Minister Denis Naughten. Additional funding is also to be provided for specialist paediatric palliative care in acute hospital settings which will improve the …

Naughten welcomes Cabinet approval for medical cards for sick children

In Families, Health, News by Denis Naughten

Local Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed that Cabinet has approved the allocation of medical cards for all children who qualify for Domiciliary Care Allowance, as well as a reduction in the prescription charge for medical card holders aged over 70.  “This is a welcome decision to give medical cards to all children who qualify for Domiciliary Care Allowance. The new …

Naughten welcomes Lottery grant allocations

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Local Minister Denis Naughten has welcomed the announcement of National Lottery grants by the Department of Health, including over €190,000 for groups in Roscommon and Galway. The funding includes €63,982 for the Irish Wheelchair Association’s Cuisle Holiday Centre in Donamon for the purchase of ceiling tracking hoists as well as over €5,000 for Glinsk Defibrillator Group to purchase four defibrillators. …