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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 168 - Health strategies [45463/17] [Healthy Ireland]. (26 Oct 2017)

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168. Deputy Hildegarde Naughton asked the Minister for Health the amount spent by his Department and by the HSE on educating persons to change lifestyle as a preventive measure against chronic disease in tabular form. [45463/17]


Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): The Health and Well-being Programme in my Department is responsible for coordinating the implementation of Healthy Ireland which is the National Framework for Improved Health and Well-being 2013-2025. The Framework is based on evidence and experience from around the world which clearly shows that to create positive changes in health and well-being takes the involvement of the whole of Government and all of society working in unison. Since Healthy Ireland was launched in March 2013, my Department has launched the following health and well-being initiatives:


  - The National Sexual Health Strategy 2015 - 2020;  - Tobacco Free Ireland - Report of the Tobacco Policy Review Group;

  - The National Positive Ageing Strategy;  -

Get Ireland Active - National Physical Activity Plan for Ireland;

  - A Healthy Weight for Ireland - Obesity Policy and Action Plan;

  - The National Healthy Cities and Counties of Ireland Network; and

  - Healthy Food for Life - The Healthy Eating Guidelines and Food Pyramid.


  It is not possible to identify in totality how much funding is currently spent on improving health and well-being across all Government Departments and agencies and in wider society.


  Since the launch of Healthy Ireland, expenditure on its implementation from within the budget of the Department of Health has amounted to the following:

  2013 - €89,315;

  2014 - €586,470;

  2015 - €607,706.83;

  2016 - €1,156,405; and

  2017 - €922,109.


  In addition to the expenditure noted above, other expenditure arising within the Department could also be described as "Healthy Ireland" depending on classification.


Separate to the expenditure detailed above, the Government, in July 2016, approved the creation of a Healthy Ireland Fund and subsequently provided an initial allocation of €5 million in Budget 2017 to kick-start its establishment. The Fund was announced by An Taoiseach on Monday the 2 of October 2017.


  The Healthy Ireland Fund will help drive the cross-governmental approach as set out in the Healthy Ireland Framework to improve the mental and physical health and well-being of the population. The main aim of the Fund is to support innovative, cross-sectoral, evidence based projects, programmes and initiatives that support the implementation of the key national policies in areas such as Obesity, Smoking, Alcohol, Physical Activity and Sexual Health. In particular the Fund will be for projects and programmes aimed at children and young people and their families, and supporting communities and vulnerable groups who are at most risk of experiencing health inequalities.


  The Healthy Ireland Fund is managed and administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department and a further €5m has been made available for the Fund in Budget 2018.


  As the Deputy is aware, operational responsibility for the delivery of specific initiatives promoting health and well-being by the health services is a matter for the HSE. Expenditure arising in the HSE, particularly in the Health and Well-being Division, could also be described as implementation of Healthy Ireland. However, it is not possible to disaggregate expenditure on promoting and improving health and well-being generally from overall HSE expenditure. Again, for example, within overall HSE expenditure, and in addition to work which is an integral part of the Health and Well-being Division, a large component of health promotion and improvement work takes place across the acute and primary care services as part of normal day to day activity. There is also expenditure arising in relation to communications campaigns by the HSE.

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