Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (423)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

423. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health the payments made under the primary care reimbursement service for consultations, terminations and aftercare services since January 2019 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29590/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Funding of €12 million was provided in 2019 for the implementation of a termination-of-pregnancy service.  Of this funding, €4.5 million was identified for the provision of the service in the community.  This funding includes the cost of service provider fees, the provision of scans in the community, medication costs and pregnancy tests.  

Under Section 20(3) of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018, the Minister for Health is required to prepare a report on the notifications of terminations of pregnancy received during the immediately preceding year.  Therefore, the first such report will be prepared before end-June 2020.  I believe that in the light of this statutory requirement, it would not be appropriate to pre-empt the annual report by publishing data, the effect of which would be to place in the public domain information of a type intended by the Oireachtas to be addressed in the annual report.