959. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health if he will intervene on behalf of very young children awaiting assessment under the Disability Act 2005 such as a person (details supplied); if his attention has been drawn to the fact that despite the HSE local CHOs in areas such as Dublin mid west and Dublin south west admitting that delays and deficiencies are due to lack of resources, waiting lists are not reducing but are in fact growing, particularly for therapy services such as OT, SLT and physiotherapy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41384/16 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Deputy Finian McGrath: 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 ...

30. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health the urgent respite that can be offered to such carers and the long-term remedy he is considering in view of the reply to parents of disabled adults that there is a ten-year waiting list for residential care and that the HSE is unable to provide them with an average waiting time, or indicate when a bed may be available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37964/16 asked on 01 Dec 2016 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 o...

311. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the failure of senior officers of the HSE to respond to written communications from Members of Dáil Éireann requesting meetings to address the crises in speech and language, occupational therapy and clinical psychology services for children with special needs (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32686/16 asked on 02 Nov 2016 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): 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 ...

104. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health the therapeutic services for children, such as occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, clinical psychology, physiotherapy and dietetics that are available in community health organisations; the way in which parents in local areas can access these; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30691/16 asked on 18 Oct 2016 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this 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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