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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 27 July 2021

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Ceisteanna (2060)

Róisín Shortall


2060. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the progress on the report on the breastfeeding action plan; the status and timescale for the full implementation of each of its elements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36418/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As this Parliamentary Question relates to an operational issue, it is a matter for the HSE. However, members of the Oireachtas are advised that the HSE is currently unable to access the information to answer Parliamentary Questions due to the recent cyber-attack, which has required a temporary shut-down of HSE IT systems. The disruption to service is on-going, and the HSE is working hard to restore its IT capacity and resume normal services. Members of the Oireachtas will be advised as soon as the HSE is again in a position to provide responses to PQs and are encouraged to resubmit their Parliamentary Questions at that point.

I can confirm however that due to Covid 19 the timeframe for the implementation of the National Breastfeeding Action Plan has been extended from 2021 to 2022.

I can also confirm that in May of this year I announced significant investment towards implementing the HSE Breastfeeding Action Plan, with €1.58 million of funding to provide an additional 24 lactation consultants across hospital and community settings.