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Dáil Éireann debate. Health service funding: Motion [Private members]. (24 Oct 2023)

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Minister of State at the Department of Health, Deputy Hildegarde Naughton: As Minister of State with responsibility for public health, well-being and the national drugs strategy, I believe some of the best use of public money in our health service can be seen in spending on programmes that emphasise prevention. One way to avoid the onset of medical conditions is through the promotion of healthy lifestyles. The Healthy Ireland framework, backed by the Healthy Ireland fund, is designed to counteract and prevent negative health outcomes as a result of smoking, alcohol, poor diet and physical inactivity. It also addresses the wider social and environmental factors which impact on health and well-being.


As part of our response to tackling gambling addiction, some €500,000 will be provided in 2024 to develop supports for the estimated 130,000 people with problems in this area. In the last two years alone, funding for our drug and alcohol services has increased by almost €10 million. Core funding for our drug and alcohol task forces and section 39 organisations has increased……………………………………………….


For the first time, €1.5 million in funding for drug and alcohol education and awareness programmes has been provided. In 2024, we are going to deliver new dual diagnosis hubs, which will support the recovery of young people with drug dependency and mental health issues. There is also dedicated funding for services after people embark on their road to recovery to support their integration into everyday life.


In conclusion, I acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all the workers and professionals in our healthcare system. I thank them for the care they provide to people who are often at their most vulnerable.


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