Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Department of Health
Services for People with Disabilities
115. To ask the Minister for Health the number of children at the end of October 2019 or the latest date available awaiting a first assessment from the HSE under the Disability Act 2005 by LHO area in tabular form. [45605/19]
117. To ask the Minister for Health the number of persons at the end of October 2019 or the latest date available on the speech and language therapy assessment waiting list by time periods and age groups (details supplied) by LHO area in tabular form. [45607/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 115 and 117 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.