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Department officials urge that Healthy Ireland Fund stays separate

The Cross-Sectoral Group comprises high-level representatives from various Government departments (including the Department of Health) and key State agencies (including the HSE) and it was established to support the implementation of the Healthy Ireland strategy.

The issue of the new Fund and general funding was raised at the 1 September meeting of the Group, according to minutes, which have been seen by the Medical Independent (MI) following a Freedom of Information (FoI) request. 

Group members emphasised that it should be ensured the Fund “does not get absorbed into general actions” and the “the need to ensure that the Fund does not replace core departmental funding was stressed”.

Last week, a spokesperson for the Department of Health confirmed to MI that the details of how the Fund is to function have yet to be finalised.

“The Healthy Ireland Fund has an initial allocation for 2017 of €5 million, as was announced in the Budget,” the spokesperson told MI.

“The details of the administration of the Fund are currently under consideration.”

Healthy Ireland is the Government’s flagship public health initiative, “which aims to create an Irish society where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health, and where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society”.

*See feature pg 14-16

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