Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1353)

Róisín Shortall


1353. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health his views on the pre-budget submission of an organisation (details supplied), in particular its demand for €18 million in investment for community supports and home care for persons with dementia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36876/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The implementation of the 2014 National Dementia Strategy is being led by the National Dementia Office in the HSE, which has made substantial progress in developing evidence-based care pathways for people with dementia. Actions are being implemented progressively as resources allow and Dormant Accounts funding is allowing a number of key projects to proceed. The HSE is working with key partners, including the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, to implement specific elements of the Strategy, including the Understand Together awareness campaign and the attendant community activation programme.

With regard to the specific pre-budget submission referred to by the Deputy, the level of funding available for the Department of Health in 2019 and the quantum of services to be provided by the HSE will be considered as part of the national Estimates and budgetary process and National Service Planning.