Tuesday, 6 July 2021
Department of Health
Health Services Staff
501. To ask the Minister for Health when the six epilepsy nurse specialists will be recruited as committed to in 2018 as part of the Pregnancy Prevention Programme in relation to the risk associated with sodium valproate. [29695/21]
513. To ask the Minister for Health the expected timeframe for the appointment of the four epilepsy nurse specialist posts to manage the patient safety requirements for women who are prescribed sodium valproate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29738/21]
524. To ask the Minister for Health when the four additional epilepsy specialist nursing posts approved in 2018 to help manage the mandatory safety checks for women prescribed sodium valproate will be filled. [29788/21]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 501, 513 and 524 together.
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