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€700,000 spent on HI in two years

In recent figures provided to this newspaper, a spokesperson said that some €18,930 was spent to date in 2015.

The majority of the spending took place last year to fund the Healthy Ireland Survey.

The survey is currently underway and is being conducted by Ipsos MRBI. The fieldwork commenced in November last year and the data collection is still ongoing. Over 10,000 households have been randomly selected for the nationwide survey, which is designed to provide vital data on the state of the nation’s health.

A Department spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI) that results will be reported in “early summer”.

“Expenditure on Healthy Ireland by the Department of Health was €89,315 in 2013, €586,470 in 2014 and €18,930 to date in 2015,” said the spokesperson.

“Most of the expenditure in 2014 relates to the Healthy Ireland Survey. It should also be noted that the majority of Health and Wellbeing-related expenditure is by the HSE and HSE-funded agencies.”

The Healthy Ireland Council was formed last summer and met last month. The HI policy comes under the direction of the HSE Health and Wellbeing Division.

“There is no budget for the Healthy Ireland Council. Members are reimbursed for travel and subsistence expenses by the Department of Health,” added the spokesperson.

See feature, ‘Health Check on HI’ 

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