Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 24 June 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government

Interim Report on Mortality in Single Homeless Population 2020: Engagement with HSE

Dr. Austin O'Carroll:

To clarify, the problem is that some of the recommendations relate to issues that are within the remit of the DRHE, such as Housing First, but that many of the others , such as access to primary care and mental health services, are within the remit of the HSE. The DRHE is also responsible for the data collection and the critical incident analysis. One person or a single point of contact is required to deal with the recommendations, although a number of agencies will have to take actions to address them. Either the DRHE is the overall responsible body, but has to work with the HSE to ensure that it is implementing the recommendations or else one person is appointed to follow through and chase it up, if that makes sense. The person involved would contact the DRHE and see how it is doing on its elements of the recommendations and the HSE as well.


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