Thursday, 26 April 2007
Department of Health and Children
Question 103: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if free optical treatment is available to a person (details supplied) in County Limerick whose prescribed lenses are expensive; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15641/07]
Child health examinations are provided by the Health Service Executive (HSE) to children under 6 years of age and children attending national school in accordance with Section 66 of the Health Act, 1970. Under Section 67 of that Act, children are eligible for HSE ophthalmic services in respect of problems noted at child health examinations.
As the Health Service Executive has the operational and funding responsibility for Primary Care services, it is the appropriate body to consider the particular matter raised by the Deputy. 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.
Question 104: To ask the Minister for Health and Children when it is proposed to provide an improved speech therapist service to a person (details supplied) in the special needs unit of a school in County Donegal. [15713/07]
As the Deputy may be aware, a sum of €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.