Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (679, 680, 681)

Imelda Munster

Question:

679. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Health the amount the HSE has spent to date in 2019 on Healthy Ireland branding materials; the way in which the money was spent; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45306/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

680. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Health the section funding stream of the HSE that pays for Healthy Ireland branding materials; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45307/19]

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Imelda Munster

Question:

681. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Health his views on whether the utilisation of HSE resources in providing Healthy Ireland branding materials is an effective use of scarce resources in view of the fact his Department is responsible for Healthy Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45308/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 679 to 681, inclusive, together.

Healthy Ireland is the national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone living in Ireland. It takes a “whole of Government” and “whole of society” approach to addressing the social determinants of health, as well as an inclusive, intersectoral approach to improve population health and wellbeing. Healthy Ireland is a key action area under the Slaintecare reform programme, which strongly endorses the need for continued cross-government commitment to implement Healthy Ireland.

The HSE has an important role in implementing the policies and cultural change required to improve health and wellbeing. Communications and citizen engagement and empowerment are critical areas for the successful implementation of Healthy Ireland. Operational responsibility for the delivery of specific initiatives promoting health and wellbeing by the health services is a matter for the HSE and expenditure arising from this is part of the implementation process.

I have referred the Deputy's questions to the HSE for direct response concerning the funding details requested.