Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Health

Occupational Therapy

Photo of Pat BuckleyPat Buckley (Cork East, Sinn Fein)
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508. To ask the Minister for Health when county and city council occupational therapists will be allowed back to work in order that assessment of patient needs can be addressed relating to qualifying for adaptation grants for recent amputees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10705/20]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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The Health Act 1947 (Section 31A - Temporary Restrictions) (COVID-19) Regulations 2020 (SI No. 121 of 2020) were signed by the Minister for Health on 7 April 2020.

Schedule 2 of the Regulations sets out essential services that are exempted from the restrictions and therefore can continue to be provided. This includes (at 15(b)) occupational therapy services as these services are provided by a member of a designated profession within the meaning of section 3 of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (No. 27 of 2005).


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