Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (566)

Regina Doherty

Question:

566. Deputy Regina Doherty asked the Minister for Health the steps being taken to make this a dementia-friendly society; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11455/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Programme for Government gave a commitment to develop a National Strategy on Dementia which will increase awareness, ensure early diagnosis and intervention, and enhance community based services for all people living with this condition, and to do so by the end of 2013. The Department of Health and Atlantic Philanthropies commissioned a research review to create the evidence that will help to lay the foundations for the Strategy and to provide guidelines as to the future direction of public policy in Ireland. The research review, titled Creating Excellence in Dementia Care, A Research Review for Ireland’s National Dementia Strategy, has been completed and is available on the websites of Trinity College at livingwithdementia.tcd.ie and on the Department of Health website at www.doh.ie

A public consultation process which sought the views of interested parties to help inform the development of the strategy concluded at the end of August 2012. Submissions received were analysed and a report was published in February 2013. A working group to develop the Strategy will be established shortly with a view to finalising and publishing the Dementia Strategy by the end of this year.

Question No. 567 answered with Question No. 555.