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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 7 December 2021

Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Questions (566)

Róisín Shortall


566. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 833 of 19 October 2021, the reason he has not approved funding for the four unfilled epilepsy nurse specialist posts agreed in 2018 for the implementation of the Pregnancy Prevention Programme (details supplied); the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [60141/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE recently submitted a request to the Department for four epilepsy nurse specialist posts to assist in the implementation of the Pregnancy Prevention Programme related to the use of sodium valproate in women of child-bearing age. Department officials will consider this request to determine whether funding can be made available in 2022; however, it is also open to the HSE to consider funding these posts from within existing resources.