Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Questions (268)

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

268. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health when pharmacists will be permitted to provide oral contraception to women without prescription in line with his commitment to improve access to contraception and plans being considered by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38353/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

A Working Group was established in April 2019 to consider the range of policy, regulatory and legislative issues arising in relation to improving access to contraception. As part of its deliberations and engagement with stakeholders, the Group has considered the potential role of pharmacists in providing oral contraception to women without prescription.

The Group is continuing its deliberations and intends to report to the Minister shortly.