Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Questions (95)

Micheál Martin

Question:

95. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Health if officials in his Department work with officials in other Departments on the formulation of health policy. [22679/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

My Department, like other Government Departments, is committed to a wide range of cross-Departmental and cross-agency policy work.

Recent examples of this collaborative approach to health policy development include the Policy Review of Sexual Assault Treatment Unit Service (Department of Health, HSE, Department of Justice, SATUs); The Housing Options of Our Ageing Population Policy Statement (Department of Health/Department of Housing Planning and Local Government) and the 'Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery' 2017-2025, a whole-of-Government response to the problem of drug and alcohol misuse in Ireland.

Harnessing the collective expertise and experience across Departments strengthens policy coherence, and enhances our understanding of the impact of policy, helping us to better serve the needs of our citizens.