224. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) has not been given independent housing despite several assurances from the HSE; the location in which and when they will be housed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20699/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - 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...

229. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the reason a facility (details supplied) has had to suspend operations for a number of days due to lack of staffing; the reason the HSE has not filled the panel to allow the facility to carry out its day to day duties; when this situation will be rectified; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20712/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - 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...

169. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health the status of a residential place for person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20268/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - 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...

162. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount the multi-sensory unit cost which was recently put into a unit (details supplied). (Question 19925/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department has no record of approving grant for the provision of a multi-sensory room at the facility referred to by the Deputy.
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163. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health when the group home for persons with disabilities will open in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19369/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - 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...

190. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Health the estimated full year cost of providing an additional 1.5 million personal assistant hours for persons with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19448/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - 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 a Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality...

137. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the disparity in services (details supplied); his plans to allocate more resources; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19283/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - 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...

297. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Health his plans to address the issue raised in correspondence (details supplied) regarding paediatric rheumatology; his views on whether there is a need to have children with Down’s syndrome screened for arthritis; and if the HSE will offer another doctor a contract in which they can continue to screen children for arthritis and hold follow-up clinics for rheumatology appointments and so on. (Question 18996/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 297 and 300 together.
I am aware that there are challenges in meeting the growing demand for paediatric rheumatology services, and that the Health Service Executive is working towards improving access to such services. Any consideration of further funding to support rheumatology service developments has to be considered in the context of service prioritisation and with regard to competing priorities for resources avail...

298. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Health his views on whether children with Down’s syndrome need to be screened from birth on an annual basis for arthritis in view of the incidence of the condition in children with the condition. (Question 18998/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - 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...

300. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Health his plans to provide funding for an additional rheumatology consultant at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, to support the existing team and help alleviate the long waiting lists; and when a rheumatology consultant will be appointed. (Question 19004/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 297 and 300 together.
I am aware that there are challenges in meeting the growing demand for paediatric rheumatology services, and that the Health Service Executive is working towards improving access to such services. Any consideration of further funding to support rheumatology service developments has to be considered in the context of service prioritisation and with regard to competing priorities for resources avail...

407. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Health if he will request the HSE to review its new policy of in loco parentis and the need for a competent adult to be in the home at all times in cases in which a qualified and highly trained nurse is also present; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17824/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - 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.
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16. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the reason the HSE fell short of its target for the establishment of children’s disability network teams in 2017. (Question 17105/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The HSE is rolling out the Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People Programme.  This Programme entails the reconfiguration of all current HSE and HSE funded children’s disability services into geographically-based Children’s Disability Network Teams. 
The Programme aims to achieve a nationally equitable approach to service provision for all children based on their individual need and regardless of where ...

216. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health if reports from parents of children attending a school (details supplied) will be examined; the contractual changes that have taken place since 2017 that may have led to this deficit in services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17133/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - 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 ...

632. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health the number of students in preschool facilities, primary level and second level, respectively, who are awaiting an assessment of need in each county in tabular form; the engagement he has held with other officials on reducing the backlog; and his plans to amend legislation underpinning the length of time guaranteed for an assessment of need. (Question 15589/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - 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 ...

647. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health if home supports will be provided for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14988/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - 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...

648. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 305 of 6 February 2018, the reason students that started after 2012 are not entitled to transport to assist them getting to and from the service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14989/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - 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...

786. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health his plans to create multidisciplinary centres to help in the management of neurological conditions such as Huntington’s disease and advanced Alzheimer’s; and the timeframe for same. (Question 15616/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - 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 ...

850. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the status of the introduction of children disability teams under the progressing children disability services report; if managers have been appointed to advance this project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15753/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - 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 ...

852. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the additional staffing resources that will be provided at a facility (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15755/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - 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 ...

854. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the full composition of staff at St. Joseph’s intellectual disability unit, Portrane; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15777/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 854 and 856 together. 
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 ...

855. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the number of patients catered for at St. Joseph’s intellectual disability unit, Portrane; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15778/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - 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...

856. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the advised full staffing rate necessary for St. Joseph’s intellectual disability unit, Portrane; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15779/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 854 and 856 together. 
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 ...

900. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) who is currently attending an autism unit until May 2018 will be provided with a replacement service prior to this date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16009/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - 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 ...

925. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) will be placed in adult services. (Question 16154/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - 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 ...

938. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the status of a business case prepared for the proposed redevelopment of a facility (details supplied) for adults with disabilities in County Donegal; when the proposal will be assessed in full and a decision made in respect of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16244/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - 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 ...