Committee to look at Brexit implications on the health sector and, separately, issues relating to women’s reproductive health

7 March 2017

The Joint Committee on Health will tomorrow conduct a two-part meeting on matters under their remit. In Session A, the Committee will hear from officials from the Department of Health on the implications of Brexit on the health sector. In Session B, the Committee will then examine issues relating to women’s reproductive health with the UN Special Rapporteur, Mr. Dainius Puras, and the Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, Ms. Orla O’Connor.

Session A will commence at 1.30pm in Committee Room 3 tomorrow, Wednesday, 8 March 2017. The Committee will then resume at 5.30pm for Session B.

Committee Chairman Dr. Michael Harty TD said “The decision of the people of the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union has the potential to have many serious implications for the Irish economy, not least in the Health sector. In this context, tomorrow Members will look to address a broad range of issues such as emergency transfers between Ireland and Northern Ireland, the EU Treatment Abroad Scheme and the Cross-Border Directive and the importance of maintaining a harmonised regulatory system in relation to pharmaceuticals and medical devices, in particular.”

“The Committee will also consider issues relating to women’s reproductive health with the UN Special Rapporteur in the area, Mr. Dainius Puras and the Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, Ms. Orla O’Connor. As we celebrate International Women’s Day tomorrow, we welcome the opportunity to hear from these leading experts on how Ireland ranks globally in terms of promoting, protecting and fulfilling our requirements when looking at women’s reproductive health in particular.”

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Committee Membership:

Chairman: Dr. Michael Harty, TD (Rural Independent Group)

Deputies:

Bernard Durkan TD (Fine Gael)
Billy Kelleher TD (Fianna Fáil)
Alan Kelly TD (Labour)
Kate O’Connell TD (Fine Gael)
Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD (Fianna Fáil)
Louise O’Reilly TD (Sinn Fein)

Senators:

Colm Burke (Fine Gael)
John Dolan (Civil Engagement Technical Group)
Rónán Mullen (Independent)
Dr. Keith Swanick (Fianna Fáil)