Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (517)

Richard Bruton

Question:

632 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of occupational therapists currently giving treatment to schoolchildren in the Dublin 24 area; if his Department will make funds available to parents where there is a deficit in the occupational therapist service available to children locally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1525/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

The provision of health related services, including occupational therapy, for people with physical and or sensory disabilities is a matter for the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the health boards in the first instance. Accordingly, the Deputy's question has been referred to the chief executive officer of the Eastern Regional Health Authority with a request that he examine the matter and reply directly to the Deputy, as a matter of urgency.

Additional funding of €3 million has been made available in 2004 for services for people with physical or sensory disabilities, including speech and language therapy, to meet service pressures as identified by the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the health boards in consultation with other relevant agencies.