Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (759)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill

Question:

759. Deputy Jennifer Carroll MacNeill asked the Minister for Health the status and details of the maternity budget, specifically perinatal mental health; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8312/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

This Government is fully committed to the development and improvement of Women’s Health services and to working with women and girls to improve all areas of their health across the whole life cycle. In that regard a strong commitment was made in the Programme for Government to Promoting Women’s Health and Budget 2021 provides a very significant investment to deliver on this commitment. This includes funding of €12m to ensure a renewed impetus to the implementation of the National Maternity Strategy and to improve gynaecology services. In addition, building on the work of the Women’s Health Taskforce, a €5m Women’s Health Fund was allocated in Budget 2021 to improve women’s health outcomes and experiences of healthcare.

In relation to the breakdown of development funding allocated to maternity and gynaecology services for 2021, as this is an operational matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.