Written answers

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Department of Health

Departmental Functions

Photo of Seán FlemingSeán Fleming (Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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187. To ask the Minister for Health the position in respect of the independence of the Office of the Disability Appeals Officer; if this is part of his Department; if there are senior persons in his Department over the office who can have an influence in relation to the way the office operates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45331/21]

Photo of Anne RabbitteAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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The Disability Act 2005 provides for the establishment of a Disability Appeals Officer as an independent officer appointed by the Minister for Health. He or she provides an appeals service for persons who wish to appeal against a finding or recommendation of a Complaints Officer of the Health Service Executive made under Section 18(1) of the Disability Act 2005, or against the failure of the HSE or an Educational Service Provider (ESP) to implement a recommendation of a complaints office.

Information regarding the legislation underpinning office of the Disability Appeals Officer, as well information regarding procedures and processes related to the functions of the office, can be found at the following link:



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