Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Department of Health and Children
Services for People with Disabilities
Question 160: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if she will make additional resources available to ensure that children with Down's syndrome in Galway are provided with adequate speech and language and physiotherapy services; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15530/07]
Question 161: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if she will put in place an advisory service for parents of children with Down's syndrome in Galway specifically in relation to advice on speech and language and physiotherapy services; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15531/07]
Question 162: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if she is satisfied with the level of service available to children with Down's syndrome in Galway specifically if adequate speech and language services are available to such children; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15532/07]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 160 to 162, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy may be aware, a sum of â¬75m for revenue purposes was provided to the Health Service Executive for Disability Services in the 2007 Budget. This sum incorporates the 2007 element of the Government's multi-annual investment programme for the National Disability Strategy. This Strategy is committed to enhancing the level and range of multi-disciplinary support services to adults and children with an intellectual, physical and sensory disability and those with autism.
The Deputy's question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.