Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Joint Committee On Children, Equality, Disability, Integration And Youth

Experiences of Migrant Communities Engaging with the Healthcare System and State Bodies: Discussion

Photo of Kathleen FunchionKathleen Funchion (Carlow-Kilkenny, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

We have come to the end of our questions. There were some specific asks and Senator Ruane said it was great to see people coming who were solution-focused and who had solutions. I echo those comments. There were asks in respect of us writing to various Ministers and we will follow that up as a committee. Many of the proposals the witnesses make are common sense. On the waiting lists and addresses, Dr. Skuce made the point that if someone moves while on the waiting list for a medical procedure, he or she should not fall off the list and have to start at the beginning. I have often come across cases where people said they tried to update addresses and everything fell through the cracks. The yellow sticker situation has been mentioned a number of times. Translation services were also mentioned. They are basic human rights. To understand the situation you are in, you need to understand what people are saying to you.

I am glad we were not rushed, as committees often are. Particularly now with Covid restrictions, it feels we are constantly moving people on. I am glad we had the opportunity to allow members and witnesses to engage in a good discussion. There have been some technological issues on and off, so if anybody wants to make concluding remarks, I will allow them to do so now.


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