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Departmental Strategies

Dáil Éireann Debate, Friday - 3 December 2021

Friday, 3 December 2021

Questions (184)

Denis Naughten


184. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health if he plans to establish a carers' commission to address the issues being experienced by family carers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57449/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As Minister for Health, I recognise that Family carers are the backbone of care provision in Ireland. They deserve support and recognition from Government. My Department and I are committed to listening to family carers and their representative groups to ensure that we are providing the most appropriate supports to help sustain carers in their caring role. 

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department is responsible for coordinating the cross-departmental National Carers' Strategy and leading on the health aspects of the strategy. Within this context, there are a number of fora through which my Department regularly communicates and consults with key stakeholders, including groups representing the interests of family carers.

In September 2020, the Minister for Older Persons and Mental Health held a carers round table to listen to the concerns raised by family carers, including their experience during the Covid-19 pandemic. My Department also actively participates in the Annual Carers' Forum organised by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.