Written answers

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Department of Health

Speech and Language Therapy

Photo of Pat RabbittePat Rabbitte (Minister, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Dublin South West, Labour)
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528. To ask the Minister for Health if he is aware of the 12 month waiting list for speech, language and occupational therapy services in Dublin south west; his views on whether this situation is likely to improve at an early date, specifically for a child (details supplied) who has been diagnosed with autism; the measures the Health Service Executive is implementing to reduce waiting times given that early intervention is key for all children with such difficulties; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34371/15]

Photo of Kathleen LynchKathleen Lynch (Cork North Central, Labour)
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The particular issue raised by the Deputy is a service matter for the Health Service Executive. Accordingly I have arranged for the question to be referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy. If he has not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days he should contact my Private Office and they will follow up on the matter.

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