Tuesday, 5 December 2017
Department of Health
HSE Waiting Lists
343. To ask the Minister for Health the number of children on waiting lists for an initial assessment of need to determine severity of a condition or disability from the early intervention teams, by HSE area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51592/17]
344. To ask the Minister for Health the waiting times for children aged zero to 18 years for an initial assessment of need from the early intervention teams, by HSE area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51593/17]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 343 and 344 together.
The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.
As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.