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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (605)

Emer Higgins

Question:

605. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for Health the expected timeline for the delivery of the three specialist menopause clinics yet to be delivered; if the clinics will be open by the end of 2021 as planned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61521/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Government recognises that menopause is a key health issue for women in Ireland today. Arising from the work of the Women’s Health Taskforce, and through funding provided under the Women’s Health Fund, the first specialist menopause clinic opened at the National Maternity Hospital earlier this month. Budget 2022 supported further developments in menopause care with funding to increase the number of specialist menopause clinics from one clinic to four clinics nationally. These additional clinics, based in Galway, Cork and Limerick, will form a core part of a new approach to menopause care for women in Ireland and it is intended that the development of these additional clinics will be progressed in 2022.

However, as the establishment of these specialist menopause clinics is an operational matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.

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