Written answers

Tuesday, 17 May 2005

Department of Health and Children

Health Services

9:00 pm

Photo of Finian McGrathFinian McGrath (Dublin North Central, Independent)
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Question 127: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the reason the respite care grant has been reduced for a person (details supplied); and if the family of same will be given the maximum support and assistance. [16292/05]

Tim O'Malley (Minister of State, Department of Health and Children; Limerick East, Progressive Democrats)
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The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. This includes responsibility for respite care. Accordingly, my Department has requested the chief officer for the executive's eastern regional area to investigate the matter raised and to reply directly to the Deputy.

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