Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (791)

Colm Burke


791. Deputy Colm Burke asked the Minister for Health if consideration will be given to reviewing and updating the national carers' strategy and the implementation of an action plan for the period 2020-23; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26401/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

My Department is responsible for coordinating the cross-departmental 2012 National Carers’ Strategy, which sets the strategic direction for future policies, services and supports provided by Government Departments and agencies for family carers. The Strategy contains actions to recognise, support and empower carers to manage their physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing across four national goals:

- Recognise the value and contribution of carers and promote their inclusion in decisions relating to the person they are caring for;

- Support carers to manage their physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing;

- Support carers to care with confidence through the provision of adequate information, training, services and supports;

- Empower carers to participate as fully as possible in economic and social life. 

The Programme for Government commits to reviewing and updating the National Carers' Strategy.  As an initial step in engaging with key stakeholders in relation to this process, my colleague,  the Minister for Mental Health and Older People recently held a roundtable in my Department to hear directly from family carers about their experience of caring, in particular, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Question No. 792 answered with Question No. 764.