Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (400)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

400. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if the Women’s Health Taskforce will be examining the diagnosis delays and treatment options of endometriosis here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52925/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I established the Women's Health Taskforce in the Department of Health to improve health outcomes and experiences of healthcare for women.  The Taskforce has been established for a two year period and is meeting regularly.

The Taskforce is at an early stage of its work and is considering the full range of issues affecting women’s health in Ireland. The Taskforce will tackle a wide range of issues impacting women’s health outcomes in Ireland over the course of its two year programme and will work on these on a phased, prioritised basis. Priorities will be decided by the Taskforce in consultation with stakeholders including the public.

Each week, external experts in the area of women's health meet with members of the Taskforce in the Department of Health to inform its work. The Endometriosis Association of Ireland recently presented to members of the Taskforce, highlighting this important issue which affects many women in Ireland. 

Information and data gathered through engagement with stakeholders, combined with the other available evidence will form the basis for future policy and action to improve women's health in Ireland.