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The strategy was due to be published before the end of last year.
“The anticipated publication date for the second HSE National Intercultural Health Strategy is Q3, 2017,” an Executive spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI).
In 2007, the HSE launched its first National Intercultural Health Strategy, which was developed on foot of the National Action Plan Against Racism.
The HSE’s spokesperson said that the new strategy will be built upon the recently-finalised review of the first strategy.
The spokesperson also noted the “large number” of submissions that had been made on the new strategy, thus contributing to the workload.
“A review of the first National Intercultural Health Strategy was completed, with its findings informing development of a second HSE National Intercultural Health Strategy,” said the spokesperson.
“This review aimed to examine outcomes of implementation of recommendations of the first strategy, highlighted the changed context around the need for a second strategy and explored a range of issues and levers relevant to development of a second strategy.”
The spokesperson added that the “conclusions of this review will be clearly referenced in the anticipated second HSE National Intercultural Health Strategy.
“A large number of submissions were received around development of the second strategy and, again, the contents of these submissions will contribute to development of recommendations within the strategy.”
They concluded: “Detailed analysis of all submissions and associated consultation is presently taking place and a report summarising these findings will form a chapter of the new strategy.”