Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Ceisteanna (783)

Mary Lou McDonald

Ceist:

783. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Health his plans to address the Covid-19-related challenges faced in delivering both clinical and community-based sexual health services in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12683/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented interruptions to normal healthcare activity, with all services affected. In 2021, all health services continue to face restrictions, as the health system continues to need to prioritise testing, contact tracing, treating those with COVID-19 and rolling out the vaccination programme.

With regard to sexual health services, phone lines, the GMHS website and other resources such as www.man2man.ie and www.sexualwellbeing.ie are regularly updated to reflect current service delivery and to signpost users to the HSE list of approved STI and PrEP services.

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.