I propose to take Questions Nos. 680 and 725 together.
The development of health related support services to people with physical and sensory disabilities is a matter for the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the health boards in the first instance. Priorities for the allocation of funding available for the development of such services are decided by the health boards in consultation with boards regional co-ordinating committees for physical and sensory disabilities. Voluntary sector service providers and consumers are represented on the co-ordinating committees.
The Deputies questions have been referred to the chief executive officer of the Western Health Board with a request that she examine these matters and reply directly to the Deputies, as a matter of urgency.