Tuesday, October 04, 2022

Kildare Senator and chair of the women’s caucus, Fiona O’Loughlin, has said a move by Government to remove VAT from hormone replacement therapy (HRT) demonstrates Fianna Fáil’s commitment to listen to women and respond with action.

HRT is a medicine-based treatment used to relieve symptoms of menopause. HRT medicine comes in the form of tablets, skin patches, gels, and vaginal creams or pessaries.

A zero VAT rate already applies to oral medication and this has now been extended to non-oral medicine (i.e. gels and patches) as part of Budget 2023.

“In Government, Fianna Fáil have listened to women across the country who have shared their experiences of menopause. These women had a clear ask which involved a change in the approach to supporting them,” Senator O’Loughlin said.

“I’m proud to say that there has been huge investment, throughout 2021 and 2022, in women’s health with Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly securing funding for six specialist menopause clinics, most of which are already open.

“The removal of VAT on HRT will improve equality of access to these products for women experiencing menopause. This is an important part of an integrated solution to delivering better health experiences for women before, during and after the menopause.”

By Conor Forrest
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