Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (480)

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

480. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 437 of 29 January 2019, when the national Traveller health action plan will be published in view of the fact a commitment was given to publish same by the end of March 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25506/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy (NTRIS) contains a set of specific actions aimed at improving the situation for Traveller and Roma communities in Ireland.

Recommendation 73 of the NTRIS states that:

The Health Service Executive will develop and implement a detailed action plan, based on the findings of the All Ireland Traveller Health Study, to continue to address the specific health needs of Travellers, using a social determinants approach.

The HSE circulated a draft of the health action plan to stakeholders in March. I am advised that the HSE is currently considering the feedback received with a view to producing a final draft of the action plan as soon as possible.

I look forward to receiving the HSE action plan.