Tuesday, 19 November 2019
Department of Health
363. To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 284 of 28 May 2019, the version of the WHO international classification of diseases used by the HSE with respect to the disputed condition referred to; if a cross-departmental committee, including the relevant Departments, the HSE and other agencies, will be established to monitor potential developments on the classification and status of the condition and the treatment options for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47275/19]
In May this year, the World Health Organisation adopted the eleventh revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11), which is to come into effect on 1 January 2022.
Parental alienation has been included as a new classification in ICD-11. However, it is not currently recognised by the American Academy of Psychiatry, which is a leader in the field of psychiatry. The issues involved will require further clinical consideration by the HSE.
My department has no plans to establish a cross-departmental committee to monitor potential developments on the classification and status of the condition.