PQ: Health Services Access (Roma Maternity Health)

Wed, May 14, 2014

34. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to a recent report by Pavee Point on Roma maternal health here; his plans to address the barriers identified in the report that prevent Roma women from accessing healthcare, such as lack of clear and accessible information and the need for access to translation and interpretation services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): The HSE’s National Social Inclusion Office has a remit for Roma health and has partnered in a number of initiatives aimed at providing access to services for members of the Roma community. The office has been closely involved in the series of thematic seminars hosted by Pavee Point in relation to the health and support needs of the Roma community.

The National Social Inclusion Office will review the recently published report “Roma Maternal Health in Ireland” and be informed by its findings. Following this review, consideration will be give to any further actions which may be necessary.

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