Tuesday, 11 June 2019
Department of Health
Disability Support Services
543. To ask the Minister for Health the nature of the contract put in place by St. Patrick's Centre, Kilkenny, with an agency (details supplied); if the centre is being fined by the agency each time it uses agency staff other than through the agency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23805/19]
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.
As the Deputy's question relates to a service issue, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.