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Additional half million euro announced for SATUs

By Mindo - 28th Mar 2019

NO REPRO FEE. 10/08/2016.  Minister for Health, Mr Simon Harris launches National Standards for Bereavement Care following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death. Pictured in Farmleigh House in Dublins Phoenix Park today. Pictured Minister for Health Simon Harris TD at the launch of the HSE National Standards for Bereavement Care following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death. These new standards clearly define the care parents and families can expect to receive following a pregnancy loss or perinatal death, and will be implemented and applied across the health service in all appropriate hospitals and settings. The standards have been developed in response to recommendations in both the HSE’s Investigation report in to the death of Savita Halappanavar and the report of Dr. Peter Boylan following his review of maternity cases at Portlaoise Hospital. Photo: Photocall Ireland 

Minister for Health Simon Harris today published a policy review of the Sexual Assault Treatment Units (SATU) and committed an additional €0.5 million to fund its recommendations.

The ten actions contained in the review include increasing and ring-fencing the SATU budget by 25 per cent.

 “The Review seeks to ensure a coordinated national health response to sexual assault,” said Minister Harris.  

“I am pleased to announce an additional €0.5 million in funding for the SATU service in 2019 so that this much-needed work can begin immediately.”

Dr Maeve Eogan, the National Medical Director of SATU said “Patients are always at the centre of our service and staff’s minds and we continually strive to do our best for them. This has not always been an easy task to due staff shortages and increasing demands.

“The actions set out in this review will support us better in ensuring we continue to provide a high-quality service to patients as close to home as possible.”

The six SATUs provide 24/7 medical and psychological care to victims of sexual assault, 365 days a year, working in close collaboration with the Rape Crisis Centres and An Garda Síochána.

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