Wednesday, 18 May 2022
Department of Health
Health Services Staff
296. To ask the Minister for Health the estimated full-year cost to resource dedicated peer health keyworkers in communities to ensure equality of information and access for vulnerable and marginalised women. [25199/22]
Budget 2022 provided unprecedented funding for measures related to women's health, including funding for the health needs of marginalised women. The Department has not costed the measures identified by the Deputy, and would not be in position to do so pending further details about the envisaged roles and activities. Costing would also require an input from the HSE in terms of the likely level of need for these measures.Funding for new service developments for marginalised women will be considered in the context of Estimates 2023, including the forthcoming national Traveller health action plan and the national domestic, sexual and gender-based violence strategy.
However, as the HSE may have similar measures under its operational remit, I have referred the questions for its input.