Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (315)

Brendan Smith


315. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health if a pre-budget 2020 submission made by an organisation (details supplied) in respect of the need to improve resources for dementia care will be given consideration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41108/19]

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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 quantum of services to be provided by the HSE in 2020, including services for dementia, will be considered as part of the National Service Planning process.