Tuesday, 12 July 2022
Department of Health
843. To ask the Minister for Health if he will guarantee the immediate publication of the Action Plan for the Disability Capacity Review and its inclusion in the budgetary plan for 2023 to ensure that another year does not pass with families and persons left without any indication of when or the way that the urgent needs that they are experiencing will be met; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37338/22]
The Department of Health published the Disability Capacity Review in July 2021. This report set out the capacity requirements for health-funded disability services for the period up to 2032. In order to drive the process of implementing the recommendations of the Capacity Review, a Working Group was set up to develop an Action Plan for Disability Services for the period 2022-2025. This Group, whose membership consisted of senior officials from the Departments of DCEDIY, Social Protection, Housing, Further and Higher Education, Health, and the Health Service Executive, has now completed its work and the draft Action Plan is currently being finalised.
844. To ask the Minister for Health if he will ensure an accessible budgetary announcement for disability in order that persons with disabilities and their supporters can understand the number of existing and new residential supports, day places and respite supports that will be provided for in Budget 2023; the way that this relates to the needs outlined in the capacity review;; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37337/22]
The arrangements for announcements and communications pertaining to Budget 2023 are the responsibility of my colleague the Minister for Finance. It is of course hugely important to ensure that Government communications are made as accessible as possible for people with disabilities. I can confirm the Disability Action Plan 2022-2025 when published, will be available in a range of accessible formats, in the same way as the Disability Capacity Review to 2032.