Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Health
Respite Care Services Provision
602. To ask the Minister for Health the steps being taken to deal with the ongoing respite crisis and the closure of a facility (details supplied), which is having a profound effect on families in counties Cavan and Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2888/20]
The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities that 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.
The Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability.
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.