Written answers

Thursday, 26 April 2007

Department of Health and Children

Services for People with Disabilities

5:00 pm

Photo of Paul Connaughton  SnrPaul Connaughton Snr (Galway East, Fine Gael)
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Question 119: To ask the Minister for Health and Children the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway, who has an intellectual disability, is not entitled to a full time place; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the person would have access to occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech therapy if they were attending on a full time basis; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15760/07]

Tim O'Malley (Minister of State, Department of Health and Children; Limerick East, Progressive Democrats)
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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.

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