Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (365)

Richard Boyd Barrett


365. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health the status of plans for HAA cards for survivors of mother and baby homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27456/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

My colleague the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs published the recommendations of the First Report of the Collaborative Forum of Former Residents of Mother and Baby Homes on 16 April, 2019. The Report contains 43 recommendations in total, including 21 health and well-being recommendations relating to healthcare provision and health assessment and screening.

My Department has established an Interdepartmental Working Group to undertake an assessment of the report's health and well-being related recommendations, given their range and complexity, and will develop proposals for a package of health and well-being supports, including access to any necessary health and social care measures for former residents of relevant institutions. The Working Group, which comprises representation from this Department, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Health Service Executive, is currently examining the scale and scope of healthcare supports which may be provided and is due to report back to Government in September 2019.