Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (927)

David Cullinane

Question:

927. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health when the HSE national service plan 2021 will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7307/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The 2021 National Service Plan was initially formally submitted by the HSE on the 24th November, 2020 for my approval.

I initially responded to the HSE on 15th December, 2020 with the requirement to include the COVID vaccination strategy which had been launched since the receipt of the Plan. Following further detailed consideration of the Plan, I formally responded to the HSE on December 31st with a number of high-level requirements that were to be included in a revised Plan.

On January 15th, the HSE formally submitted the revised 2021 National Service Plan for my approval.

Presently, I am giving consideration to the revised National Service Plan and intend to revert to the HSE shortly.

Once the Plan is approved, it must be laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas within 21 days of its approval. The HSE will ensure the Service Plan is published at the earliest possible time after the Plan has been laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Question No. 928 answered with Question No. 692.