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In a reply to a Priority Question on Primary Care Centres Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly siad: Early in 2012 the HSE embarked on a prioritisation exercise for primary care, PC, centres across the country. It is the intention of the Government to develop as many centres as possible by one of three separate methods: direct investment; by way of leasing arrangements; or by way of public private partnership. The locations were then considered for development by way of PPP as part of the Government’s stimulus package. Selecting the primary care centres under PPP was not – as is generally believed – done on the basis of one criterion, the deprivation index. Three criteria were deployed: the deprivation index for the catchment population of the centre; the service priority identified by each integrated service area-local health office; and an accommodation assessment which assessed accommodation available for the primary care team within the catchment area, the quality of the accommodation, and whether it was spread over more than one building. Read the rest of this entry »
Róisín Shortall, T.D. Minister for State with responsibility for Primary Care today launched Alcohol Consumption and Alcohol Related Harm in Ireland. This is the latest in a series of bulletins arising from data collected in the Drug Prevalence Survey 2010/11.
The survey found that alcohol-related harm is not restricted to the drinker but has negative consequences for families, friends and the wider community. Approximately 20% of respondents experienced some form of harm as a result of their drinking, with men twice as likely as women to report harm. Harm as a result of the drinking of others was experienced by 27%.
Among the findings were
· 87% of adults aged 18-64 years consumed alcohol in the previous 12 months (13% non drinkers);
· almost 30% of current drinkers consumed alcohol in a harmful pattern at least once a week;
· over half of current drinkers engage in binge drinking at least once a month (72% of 18-24 year olds);
· 73% of those aged 18-24 years drank at least five standard drinks and 31% consuming at least nine standard drinks per drinking occasion;
· Across all age groups, men drink more frequently, drink more on one single occasion and engage in more harmful drinking than women.
“Instances involving excessive consumption of alcohol over the summer period, leading to anti-social behaviour and violence at large public events, are among the latest overt illustrations of the problem. The subsequent public reaction to such events may indicate that such blatant public drunkenness and negative behaviour can no longer be tolerated by the vast majority of our people. Increased focus on the availability of cheap alcohol, excessive drinking and associated anti-social behaviour is awakening us to the realities of the situation and the need to do something about it.” said Minister Shortall.
The Minister added: “It is crucial that we as a society reduce the overall level of alcohol consumed in Ireland and also tackle the problems of alcohol misuse. I am determined that effective steps will be taken over the coming period to address problems associated with alcohol across our society”.
(Full report at www.nacd.ie.)
Notes to Editor
The National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD) advises the Government on problem drug use in Ireland in relation to prevalence, prevention consequences and treatment based on analysis and interpretation of research findings.
The survey was conducted between October 2010 and May 2011 and comprised a representative sample of people aged 15-64. It achieved 7,669 respondents (5,134 in Ireland and 2,535 in Northern Ireland).
The 2010/11 results is the third drug prevalence survey taken for the island of Ireland. While earlier surveys included questions on alcohol consumption, 2010/11 marks the first time a comprehensive series of questions on both the rates and patterns of alcohol consumption in Ireland and on alcohol related harm have been included.
Lifetime prevalence is a cumulative measure of the total number of people who have ever tried drugs and includes many who have done so in the past. While valuable for other purposes, lifetime prevalence is not ideal for monitoring drug use prevalence in the general population. Recent or current levels of drug use as measured in the last year or last month are more appropriate indicators
The survey is jointly undertaken between the National Advisory Committee on Drugs and the Public Health Information and Research Branch of the Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety in Northern Ireland and measures the prevalence of key illegal drugs as well as alcohol, tobacco and other drugs including tranquillisers and anti-depressants.
Listen to an audio recording of the presentation, followed by a Q&A session (approx 45 Mins)
Opening Statement by Dr Ambrose McLoughlin, Secretary General, Department of Health, to the Joint Oireachtas Commiittee
I wish to thank the Chairman and members of the Committee for this, my first opportunity to appear before you since by appointment as Secretary General in the Department of Health, to discuss the Department’s Statement of Strategy 2011-2014. I am joined by colleagues from the Department - Mr Fergal Lynch, Deputy Secretary General and Ms Bairbre Nic Aongusa, Assistant Secretary and Mr Tony O’ Brien, Director General designate of the HSE.
The Statement of Strategy 2011-2014 sets out the high level aims and objectives of the health system for that period. It also states the Department’s functions and responsibilities in leading heath service reform and identifies our strategic goals and programmes for improving health outcomes. This three-year period will be a time of very significant change for the health services. The Programme for Government commits to the development of a universal single-tier health service, supported by universal health insurance, providing access to health services based on need rather than income. We must ensure that patients access care in an appropriate setting, which will require the improvement and development of community-based services through the primary care system. Read the rest of this entry »