Tuesday, 12 July 2022
Department of Health
800. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the funding application submitted to his Department for the four remaining epilepsy nurse specialist posts agreed as part of the Valproate Response Project; when a decision can be expected on this funding application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37081/22]
801. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the establishment of a sodium valproate stakeholder group that was agreed in 2020 to assess and strengthen the current risk-reduction measures; the actions which have been taken to date to establish this group; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37082/22]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 800 and 801 together.
A decision on the funding application referred to by the Deputy will be known shortly; my Department will advise the HSE and relevant patient groups as soon as a decision is reached on the application.
Department officials have held discussions with the HSE and the Health Products Regulatory Authority regarding the establishment of a sodium valproate stakeholder group. The Department would hope to establish such a group within the next few months.