Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Ceisteanna (158, 163)

Gino Kenny


158. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Labre Park Traveller halting site is one of the few Traveller communities that is not covered by a primary health care team (details supplied); if he will take steps to ensure that the funding of a primary health care team for Travellers living in Labre Park and the wider Ballyfermot and Dublin 10 area is included in the HSE 2020 budget; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49285/19]

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Joan Collins


163. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Health the reason there is no primary healthcare team for the Traveller community in Dublin 10 and specifically for the Labre Park halting site; if the possibility of providing a team will be investigated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49321/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 158 and 163 together.

The Department of Health, via the HSE, provides in excess of €10m, to support a range of targeted initiatives, programmes and supports to improve the health status of Travellers.  These include:

- primary healthcare projects, counselling services, family support programmes and men's health projects;

- Traveller Health units and related staff;

- mental health promotion and suicide prevention services provided in a culturally sensitive manner, to reduce the stigma associated with mental health;

- Mental Health Service Coordinator for Travellers posts responsible for driving, managing and supporting the implementation of agreed improvement programmes and projects for Travellers.

Furthermore, the HSE employs a number of Public Health Nurses and related staff towards addressing priority health needs of members of the Traveller community.

The Department will allocate €17 billion to the HSE for the delivery of health services in 2020. The details of these services will be set out in the HSE National Service Plan for 2020. The plan will include specific measures to improve Traveller health, including a Traveller health action plan.

As the Deputy’s question refers to a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.