HSE backs down on disclosure of medical data but still no answer why practice occurred – Naughten

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has welcomed confirmation that the HSE is to suspend its practice of sharing medical results with employers before employees, but he has again questioned why the practice was used in the first instance. “To date neither the Minister for Health nor the HSE have addressed the core point I made in Dáil Éireann last Thursday,  that this …

HSE’s disclosure of medical data to employers highlights flaws of testing system – Naughten

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

The confirmation by the Minister for Health that medical results were shared with employers before employees clearly shows that the most basic data protection rights of individuals are being completely ignored by the HSE, says Denis Naughten TD. Denis Naughten disclosed the breach of basic data protection standards in Dáil Éireann last Thursday and immediately furnished examples of staff in …

Dáil takes historic move to directly question three Ministers on scale of Covid infection in meat industry – Naughten

In Agriculture, Health, Jobs, Local Issues, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten has confirmed the Dáil Business Committee has taken the unprecedented step of holding three Cabinet Ministers accountable in a single Dáil session on the scale of Covid-19 infection in the meat processing industry.   Denis Naughten secured the support of the members of the Dáil Business Committee to hold a specific debate on how several meat processors across the country …

Dáil to question Agriculture Minister on scale of Covid infection in meat industry – Naughten

In Agriculture, Health, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has secured a Dáil debate next Thursday with the Minister for Agriculture on the scale of Covid-19 infection within the meat processing industry. Denis Naughten secured the support of the members of the Dáil Business Committee to bring in the Minister for Agriculture to explain how several meat processors across the country have seen a large proportion …

Naughten tells Dáil “contact tracing is so poor that employers informing staff”

In Agriculture, Families, Health, News by Denis Naughten

  Denis Naughten TD has told Dáil Éireann this afternoon that there is so little confidence in the contact tracing system that employers are being provided with Covid test results in order to inform employees.   “Those with responsibility for the management of Covid-19 are left in the invidious position of waiting weeks for the contact tracing system to inform …

Fundamental flaws in Covid protections in meat industry must be addressed – Naughten

In Agriculture, Business & Jobs, Health, News by Denis Naughten

Failure to do so could have catastrophic implications for health and our economy   Denis Naughten TD is calling on the HSE to immediately convene its multi-agency group on the meat industry to address flaws in the Covid protection measures and to make recommendations to the National Public Health Emergency Team.   “Ahead of the start of re-opening the economy …

HSE establishes national team to look at meat plant infection following request by Naughten

In Agriculture, Health, Local Issues, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has welcomed confirmation by the HSE that it has established a multi-agency group to look at the current Covid-19 outbreaks in the meat processing industry, following his request at a meeting with HSE management last Wednesday.   “While work is ongoing across the country to address specific clusters of Covid-19 infection associated with meat plants and asylum …

Naughten highlights need for better communication on meat plant infection

In Agriculture, Health, Local Issues, News by Denis Naughten

  Denis Naughten TD has this afternoon (Wednesday) met with senior HSE management regarding the urgent need for a co-ordinated national approach to Covid-19 infections in meat processing facilities across the country.   “We have seen the impact of the delay in reacting to Covid infections in nursing homes and unless the HSE acts swiftly we could have a similar …

Government should relax restrictions in counties with low Covid numbers – Naughten

In Business & Jobs, Families, Health, Local Issues, News by Denis Naughten

Areas can become a testbed for living with Covid-19     This afternoon Denis Naughten asked An Taoiseach to consider relaxing restrictions on returning to work in parts of the country which have seen consistently low numbers of Covid-19 infection. He said: “It makes no sense that parts of the country with low rates of Covid-19 infection should remain in …

New measures could allow people to return to work – Naughten

In Business & Jobs, Families, Health, Local Issues, News by Denis Naughten

New measures to allow people to return to work where they can safely implement social distancing have been proposed by Denis Naughten TD. This would include placing a yellow notice on public access to the workplace outlining how they are complying with social distancing rules. Speaking in Dáil Eireann today, Denis Naughten said: “We need to open our country; however, …