143. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health if he will report on the HSE’s engagement with the introduction of a new in-school speech and language service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16848/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Programme for a Partnership Government commits that a new model of In-School Speech and Language Therapy will be established.  
Budget 2018 provided an additional €2m to introduce a demonstration project for in-school Therapy services in 2018. 
It is intended that the project should commence in schools from September 2018 and proceed over the course of the 2018/19 school year.
The demonstration project will develop...

144. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health if the review into existing speech and language therapy from 2018 has been carried out; and if so, if the findings and recommendations have been finalised. (Question 16849/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy)

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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7. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills when in-school speech and language therapy teams will be in place; and the nature of the service that will be provided. (Question 14451/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy)

Deputy Thomas Byrne: The question asks that the Minister would flesh out the information on what exactly he is proposing in regard to in-school speech and language therapy. It was to be a pilot project but the language was changed subsequently to a study or a study project, which concerned people. What is the Minister’s vision in this regard?
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168. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a school (details supplied) will be included in the new pilot scheme between the HSE and his Department for speech and language therapy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14471/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Programme for a Partnership Government states that a new model of In-School Speech and Language Therapy will be established.  
In October of this year, Budget 2018 provided an additional €2M to introduce a pilot/demonstration project for in-school Therapy services in 2018.
The demonstration project will develop and test a model for the delivery of in school speech and language and occupational therapy support, in a defined regional a...

550. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the alternative speech and language services that will be made available for a child (details supplied) in County Donegal in view of ongoing service disruption locally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12388/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Provision)

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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660. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health the number of persons in categories (details supplied) that are availing of speech and language therapy in each area in County Donegal; the number on a waiting list for speech and language therapy in each area; the number of speech and language therapists for these categories of persons in each area in County Donegal; if new posts have been sanctioned for each area; when these new posts will commence; his plans to recruit additional speech therapists in each area within County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12842/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Data)

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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302. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the number of speech and language therapists in the Waterford and Wexford LHO; the number as per A Vision for Change; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10970/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Staff)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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307. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the number of speech and language therapists in the Carlow and Kilkenny LHO; the number as per A Vision for Change; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10975/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Staff)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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312. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the waiting time to see a speech and language therapist in the Waterford and Wexford LHO; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10980/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Waiting Lists)

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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360. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health when a child (details supplied) in County Cork will receive further speech and language therapy. (Question 11396/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Provision)

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...

256. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the introduction of new in-school speech and language services. (Question 9789/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Programme for a Partnership Government states that a new model of In-School Speech and Language Therapy will be established.  
Budget 2018 provided an additional €2M to introduce a pilot/demonstration project for in-school Therapy services in 2018.
The demonstration project will develop and test a model for the delivery of in school speech and language and occupational therapy support, in a defined regional area, across a range of sc...

376. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Health the action being taken by his Department to assist a school (details supplied) which has had the number of HSE provided speech therapy hours reduced by a third; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9742/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Provision)

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...

434. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of persons on the speech and language therapy assessment waiting list; and the number waiting fewer than four months, four to 12 months and more than 12 months, respectively, by local health office, LHO, area, in tabular form. (Question 9564/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Waiting Lists)

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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435. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of persons on the speech and language therapy treatment waiting list; and the number waiting fewer than four months, four to 12 months and more than 12 months, respectively, by local health office, LHO, area, in tabular form. (Question 9565/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Waiting Lists)

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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460. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Health the reason the HSE has reduced the hours being provided for speech therapy in a school (details supplied). (Question 9740/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Provision)

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 ...

510. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Health the reason there is no speech and languages classes being provided for a school (details supplied); the reason the school has had its speech and language class cut from three days to two; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that it is the only school in the county providing a speech and language class; if the three days speech and language class will be restored; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10058/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Provision)

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 ...

339. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Health if consideration will be given to granting a school (details supplied) in County Sligo additional speech and language resources; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8295/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Provision)

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...

359. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the number of persons on a waiting list for speech and language therapy by CHO, age category and time waiting. (Question 8421/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Waiting Lists)

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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224. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the reason for service disruptions to speech and language services provided at a facility (details supplied) in County Donegal; when services will resume as normal; the alternative arrangements which have been put in place to ensure that service users may continue to access services in a timely manner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8021/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Provision)

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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194. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the details of the new pilot scheme for in-school speech and language therapists; the number of participating schools; the demographic in this regard; the number of therapists employed under the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6970/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Programme for a Partnership Government states that a new model of In-School Speech and Language Therapy will be established.  
In October of this year, Budget 2018 provided an additional €2M to introduce a pilot/demonstration project for in-school Therapy services in 2018.
The demonstration project will develop and test a model for the delivery of in school speech and language and occupational therapy support, in a defined regional a...

332. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Health when speech therapy will be provided to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6719/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Waiting Lists)

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 ...

340. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to a situation in St. Patrick’s community hospital, Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim, whereby there has been no speech and language therapist for a number of months; the reason an agency therapist has not been appointed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5431/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Staff)

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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341. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health the number of persons waiting to be seen by the speech and language therapist in County Leitrim; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5432/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Waiting Lists)

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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345. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health the options open to a person (details supplied) for speech and language therapy. (Question 4127/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy)

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 ...

388. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of speech therapy for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4114/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Speech and Language Therapy Provision)

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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