Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Department of Health
Disability Services Funding
294. To ask the Minister for Health if additional funding will be put in place to support the work of RehabCare in providing services in view of the fact this service may be withdrawn due to the lack of funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24837/19]
The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives. The Government's primary concern is to ensure the continuity of disability services delivered in line with strong governance mechanisms in a cost-effective and equitable manner consistent with care and support needs. As one of many service providers, Rehab provide invaluable services and supports to people with disabilities and their families.
Minister Harris and I held meetings with Rehab and the HSE last month. We want to acknowledge the positive and transparent level of engagement by Rehab with the HSE and their commitment to continue to work closely in the future. We recognise the additional expenditure requirement, as set out and agreed at our meeting, is attributable in the main to a number of specific regulatory challenges and associated service pressures. We have committed to the provision of an additional €2 million in funding to Rehab. Provision of this additional funding is subject to the completion of a process of financial and service review.