Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Health
Disability Services Provision
364. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to create a community transport service for those with disabilities needing to attend services which are a substantial distance from their home; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9434/19]
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.
I understand that the Deputy's question relates, specifically, to the provision of transport for individuals with disabilities attending a day service and as this is a service issue, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.