Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Questions (362, 363)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

362. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health when a working group will be established to address the long waiting times for diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41769/19]

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Lisa Chambers

Question:

363. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the steps he is taking to address the lack of adequate care for patients with endometriosis here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41770/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 362 and 363 together.

As the queries raised by the Deputy relate to a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to reply to you directly.

The Deputy may wish to note that a new Women's Health Taskforce has been established by the Department of Health to improve women’s health outcomes and experiences of healthcare. It met for the first time on 26th September 2019 and is being led by the Secretary General of the Department of Health Jim Breslin and Peggy Maguire, the Director General of the European Institute for Women’s Health, in partnership with the National Women’s Council of Ireland. The new Taskforce will take a comprehensive approach to women's health and will tackle a wide range of issues impacting women’s health outcomes in Ireland. The first action of the Taskforce will be a large-scale listening exercise with women in Ireland to hear their experiences of and solutions for the health system. This will be a significant, substantial and large-scale consultation. Data from this process, combined with the available evidence on women's health, will determine the work programme for the Taskforce.

For more information including opportunities to engage with the Taskforce see https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/-womens-health/