Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (461)

Fiona O'Loughlin


461. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Health if he will report on the Traveller health action plan. [30498/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Under the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy, the HSE is committed to developing and implementing a detailed action plan to continue to address the health needs of Travellers, using a social determinants of health approach.

The HSE has circulated a draft of the action plan to stakeholders and has received a number of detailed comments and observations. The HSE has outlined a process which will lead to the completion of the plan in quarter 4 2019, taking into account the feedback received. The process will include liaising with Traveller representative groups and other stakeholders in finalising the plan.

The Department of Health is fully committed to providing the leadership and resources to ensure the implementation of the plan. To this end, the Department will host a workshop on the plan with senior management to tease out any policy and resource issues arising from the action plan.

I am very supportive of the health action plan and look forward to receiving the plan in quarter 4, 2019.