Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ceisteanna (320)

Mattie McGrath

Ceist:

320. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health the status of the work of the group established under the chairmanship of the chief medical officer to consider the issues raised by the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution in its ancillary recommendations; the number of times the group has met; the membership of the group; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11641/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Work on progressing the ancillary recommendations on contraception made by the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution is a priority for 2019. As such, a new Working Group is to be formally established within the Department to examine the matter and make appropriate policy recommendations. 

The Working Group will  consider the range of policy, regulatory and legislative issues related to improving access to contraception and will include representatives from all relevant policy areas within the Department  to ensure a comprehensive and integrated approach is taken. The group will also draw on appropriate advice and expertise  from the HSE and other relevant stakeholders as necessary. The group is scheduled to begin its work in April 2019.