Dept of Health fails to establish vaccine damage compensation unit despite assurances– Naughten

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The Department of Health has failed to establish a separate unit to deal with a vaccine damage compensation scheme, three years after the Minister received a report on the current system for managing claims and four years after the Health Research Board (HRB) carried out an evidence review on such schemes in other jurisdictions, Denis Naughten TD has revealed. Denis …

Up to Health Minister to designate long Covid as occupational illness – Naughten

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International Workers’ Memorial Day must be used to ensure income support provided to all frontline workers The decision to designate long Covid as an occupational illness lies with the Department of Health and Minister Donnelly, Denis Naughten TD has stated. “The Secretary General of the Department of Social Protection made it clear to the Oireachtas Committee that the decision on …

Long COVID rates have increased by 4% in four months

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Speech by Denis Naughten TD to the Policy Forum for Ireland keynote seminar: Tackling long COVID in Ireland – priorities for services, strategy development, and research   On 19th March 2020, I stood up in Dáil Éireann, pointing out that we would have to deal with the public health challenges associated with the SARS-CoV-2 virus for at least 12 months. …

5 months on Health Dept still in talks on designating long COVID as occupational illness – Naughten

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Frontline health workers to be left without income support in coming weeks Officials from the Department of Social Protection have admitted they are still engaged in a “back & forth with colleagues in health, teasing out issues” with regard to the designation of long COVID as an occupational illness. This is despite the fact that frontline healthcare workers suffering with …

Second national poll on long COVID

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The most recent survey of the incidents of long COVID in Ireland now shows that one in every ten adults in Ireland have experienced the symptoms of long COVID.   You can access the data behind this poll of adults in Ireland on self-reported symptoms of long COVID by leading polling company, Ireland Thinks, which I commissioned.   This self-declaration by survey …

New survey shows 10% of adults experienced symptoms of long COVID – Naughten

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Potential for burden on the health system due to lack of adequate patient supports for long COVID New data released today has found that 10% of adults have experienced symptoms of long COVID following an initial period of infection with the virus. The data is based on a survey carried out by leading polling company, Ireland Thinks, and was commissioned …

Water is the perfect “pathfinder project” to promote international co-operation between science & parliament – Naughten

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Intervention by Denis Naughten TD Chairperson of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Working Group on Science & Technology to the Commission on Science and Technology for Development’s, 26th session on “Ensuring safe water and sanitation for all: a solution by science, technology and innovation” Geneva, 28th March 2022 CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY   Firstly, my name is Denis Naughten, and I’m an Irish …

Parliament must use science to provide solutions to wicked problems

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This week I attended the 146th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly where I addressed the issue of practical problem solving. Here is what I said: Report of the IPU Working Group on Science and Technology to the Governing Council 146th IPU Assembly– Item 14 (j) of the 211th session of the Governing Council 15 March watch it here: https://youtu.be/nHgK22bYRhE Thank you, Mr. President. On …

Long COVID opinion poll supports findings of separate research and data on incidence

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While normally I would take an opinion poll on the self-reporting incidence of an illness with a pinch of salt, my sheer frustration in trying to source data from the HSE on the incidence of long COVID, waiting lists, referrals etc led me to commission such a poll myself.   There is lack of acknowledgement and even scepticism of the …

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science Did you know that 44% of all scientists in Ireland are female?   Today, Saturday 11th February is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and  Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office  has published figures which show that nearly 41 per cent of all scientists in the EU are female …