Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Health
Health Services Provision
675. To ask the Minister for Health the steps being taken to improve the diagnosis, management and treatment of endometriosis (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3220/20]
The Deputy may wish to note that a new Women's Health Taskforce was established in the Department of Health in September 2019 to improve women's health outcomes and women's experiences of healthcare. The Taskforce will tackle a wide range of issues impacting women’s health outcomes in Ireland and will work on these on a phased, prioritised basis, delivering a two-year rolling Women's Health Action Programme.
Priority action areas are decided by the Taskforce in consultation with stakeholders, including the public. At its meeting in December, the Taskforce agreed to focus on three initial areas over the coming months: which includes improving gynaecological health for women and girls. As part of the focus on improving gynaecological health for women and girls, actions in relation to endometriosis will be developed.
However, as the query raised by the Deputy relates to a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to reply to you directly
676. To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding the need for additional specialist rehabilitation units, psychiatric intensive care units and mental health crisis houses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3222/20]
677. To ask the Minister for Health if the urgent need of a person (details supplied) to secure a specialist rehabilitation unit place will be given consideration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3223/20]
The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.
As the Deputy's question relates to an individual case, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.