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Written Answers — Department of Health: Addiction Treatment Services (14 Jan 2021)

Frank Feighan: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (13 Jan 2021)

Frank Feighan: I welcome this opportunity to update the House on the vital public health policy areas falling within my remit. While physical and mental well-being have always been important, the Covid-19 pandemic has put public health and well-being centre stage in both Government policymaking and in citizens’ lives. Empowering people and communities to keep well and shifting focus further towards...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Departmental Strategies (13 Jan 2021)

Frank Feighan: The Deputy will be aware that 2020 was intended to be the final year in the lifetime of the current National Sexual Health Strategy. It had been envisaged that the Department of Health and the HSE Sexual Health Crisis Pregnancy Programme would, in 2020, review the position with regard to the future direction of the Strategy. However, it was necessary to postpone this...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic (13 Jan 2021)

Frank Feighan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 787, 788 and 942 together. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) reports on cases of Covid-19 in the population and is the official source of data in relation to cases, deaths and clusters based on confirmed figures. The latest data as of 02/01/2021 indicate there are 7 open outbreaks in direct provision centres. Since the start of August...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic (13 Jan 2021)

Frank Feighan: Restrictions on social interaction, the requirement for self-isolation and the restructuring of services, are particularly difficult for those accessing drug and alcohol services and supports. Drug and alcohol support groups and treatment programmes play a vital role in reducing the harms of substance use and supporting rehabilitation and recovery. They help individuals to build their...

Written Answers — Department of Health: National LGBTI+ Strategy (13 Jan 2021)

Frank Feighan: Organisations representing the LGBTI+ community are key stakeholders in the implementation of the National Sexual Health Strategy (NSHS) and Ministers and officials from my Department have met several times with such organisations in recent years, including the Gay Health Network, ACT UP, BeLonG To, and Pride festival organisers. Support for sexual health initiatives is provided by the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Food Safety Authority of Ireland (13 Jan 2021)

Frank Feighan: The Scientific Committee of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland was requested to fast track their current work on Vitamin D and older people to provide an evidence-base to the Department of Health to underpin public health policy for vitamin D supplementation in older people aged 65 plus years. Under the Terms of Reference, the Scientific Committee was asked to: 1. Look at the vitamin D...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Childhood Obesity (13 Jan 2021)

Frank Feighan: The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs Report on Tackling Childhood Obesity followed ten days of hearings from stakeholders, including a number of Government Departments, and the receipt of a number of written submissions.  The Report contained 20 recommendations for action under a number of headings and was published in October 2018.  The principal policy...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Addiction Treatment Services (13 Jan 2021)

Frank Feighan: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services Funding (13 Jan 2021)

Frank Feighan: Housing First is an initiative for homeless individuals, who have been sleeping rough and using emergency homeless accommodation on a long-term basis, with complex needs (including mental health and addiction needs) that have prevented them from exiting homelessness.   The model offers the provision of immediate, permanent and affordable housing to tackle homelessness, and provides...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Addiction Treatment Services (13 Jan 2021)

Frank Feighan: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services Access (13 Jan 2021)

Frank Feighan: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Addiction Treatment Services (13 Jan 2021)

Frank Feighan: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Gambling Sector (17 Dec 2020)

Frank Feighan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 525 and 526 together. The Department of Justice and Equality has responsibility for gambling regulation. In March 2019, the Government published the Inter-Departmental Working Group Report on Future Licensing and Regulation of Gambling. This report refers to the introduction of a modern licensing approach to all gambling activities, including enhanced...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic (17 Dec 2020)

Frank Feighan: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Alcohol Treatment Services (17 Dec 2020)

Frank Feighan: Additional funding of €3m was provided for the implementation of the National Drugs Strategy in 2020. In June 2020, €225,779 of this funding was provided to the HSE for the development of a community alcohol service in Galway. As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic (17 Dec 2020)

Frank Feighan: As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Drug and Alcohol Task Forces (17 Dec 2020)

Frank Feighan: Budget 2021 allocated €10m in new developments for drug and alcohol services and inclusion health. This includes €1 million for targeted drug and alcohol initiatives through the network of drug and alcohol task forces. This new funding is separate to that previously allocated in 2019. It is my intention that the new resources should be directed towards new and emerging...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic (17 Dec 2020)

Frank Feighan: In response to a request from the Department of Health, the Scientific Committee of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) are developing Scientific Recommendations for Food-Based Dietary Guidelines for people aged 65 years and older. This report is expected to be completed at the end of 2020. In view of media coverage over the spring months regarding vitamin D supplementation for this...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Food Safety Authority of Ireland (17 Dec 2020)

Frank Feighan: In 2019 the Department of Health requested the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, through their Scientific Committee, to develop Scientific Recommendations on Food-Based Dietary Guidelines for Older Adults over 65 years. In May 2020, the FSAI was requested to fast track the current work on Vitamin D and older people to provide an evidence -base to the Department of Health to underpin public...

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