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Ireland. Department of Health. [Department of Health] Budget 2021: €4 billion to protect, reform and expand health and social care services and implement universal healthcare. (14 Oct 2020)

URL: https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/3f618-budget-2...


Minister of State with Responsibility for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy Frank Feighan TD said:

"Today I am announcing funding of €20 million for Healthy Ireland, a vital Sláintecare initiative that empowers people to take responsibility for their own health and supports individuals and communities to live healthier lives, including funding for our national obesity strategy, healthy eating policies, and smoking cessation and alcohol reduction programmes.

"I am also confirming a €12 million investment in our hugely important public health workforce, who have done such vital work during the pandemic.

"I am announcing €10 million in additional funding to expand the availability of drug and alcohol services across the country, including community-based services and residential treatment programmes. The funding will also provide health supports for over 2,000 people who are homeless with complex health needs, and increase access to health services for Roma, Travellers, asylum seekers and other vulnerable groups.

"I have also secured €4.2 million to continue to support the additional 700 people who were put on opioid substitution treatment as a contingency measure during COVID-19. This funding delivers on key commitments in the Programme for Government."

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