Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Questions (265)

Peadar Tóibín


265. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Health if all blood samples that are taken in sexual assault treatment units after a rape has occurred are tested for date rape drugs; his plans to fund and run a pilot study in which all blood samples taken in sexual assault treatment units to identify the size of this problem and its trend; his further plans to make the spiking of drinks in such a manner a criminal offence and raising the profile of same; if the number of locations at which men and women can access these blood tests will be increased; the funding and staffing levels of each sexual assault treatment unit in each of the past ten years; and his plans to ensure that all sexual assault treatment units have the necessary staff levels to be open when necessary 24 hours a day and 7 days a week unlike the Dublin unit. [40794/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Deputy's question deals mainly with service-level and operational components of SATU, therefore his question has been referred to the HSE who will respond to these queries directly. The Minister has directed the department to undertake a policy review of national SATU services to assess the efficacy of health policy in the area, including the current staffing model, access, and governance. The review is ongoing and is expected to conclude by the end of 2018.