Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (529)

Willie Penrose


529. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 135 of 18 September 2019, the steps he will take to examine the reason the HSE has still not replied to urgent correspondence (details supplied); if same will be dealt with; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44591/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The aim of the National Dementia Strategy, which was published in December 2014 and is being implemented by the National Dementia Office, is to improve care, services and supports for people with dementia.

The HSE currently provides about €9 million per annum for intensive home care packages, including €7.9 million for dementia-specific packages. Since the packages were introduced at the end of 2014, 459 dementia-specific intensive homecare packages have been delivered, with 193 active at the end of July 2019.

As the Deputy's specific query is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.