Written answers

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Department of Health

Health Services Provision

Photo of Clare DalyClare Daly (Dublin North, United Left)
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327. To ask the Minister for Health if he will ensure that programmes run under the Health Service Executive, for example dialectical behaviour therapy, are conducted in a secular and non-religious manner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46990/14]

Photo of Kathleen LynchKathleen Lynch (Cork North Central, Labour)
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As re-iterated in the recently published HSE Service Plan for 2015, the Executive seeks to ensure that all its operational policies and services promote best practice for all care programmes, including DBT provision, and that all relevant principles in this regard such as promoting quality, safety and social inclusion, are adhered to, including fostering a culture that keeps patients and service users to the fore above all else. In this context, and given that the Deputy has highlighted a particular therapy, this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office. I would suggest also, that if the Deputy is aware of further details or has specific instances relating to the issue raised, she should bring them to the attention of the HSE, to facilitate the Executive furnishing reply.


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