Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Health

Respite Care Services

Joe Flaherty (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
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660. To ask the Minister for Health when it will be possible to offer a return of respite care for special needs children in the context of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business and the resumption of full services; and the plans and safeguards in place to protect special needs children (details supplied). [6606/20]

Photo of Finian McGrathFinian McGrath (Dublin Bay North, Independent)
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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.

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 

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