Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (135, 136, 137)

John McGuinness

Question:

134 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children if domiciliary care allowance will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if it will be backdated to birth; if they are entitled to this allowance and to have it backdated by right; if the same arrangement has been made for other parents with autistic children; if the five hours home support due to this family since September 2003 will be provided; the reason for the delay in this matter; if the attention of the parents of autistic children has been drawn to their entitlements in a proactive way; if the services are being delivered in the same fashion; if not, the reason therefor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6445/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

Domiciliary care allowance may be paid in respect of eligible children from birth to the age of 16 who have a severe disability requiring continual or continuous care and attention which is substantially in excess of that normally required by a child of the same age. The condition must be likely to last for at least one year. Where medical confirmation is supplied which pre-dates the actual date of application and the health board's senior area medical officer is satisfied that the child required continual or continuous care and attention, substantially in excess of that normally required by a child of the same age, then payment may be made from the date that he or she is satisfied such additional care and attention is required.

The assessment of entitlement to and payment of the domiciliary care allowance in any individual case and the provision of other support services, such as home supports, is a matter for the relevant health board as is the provision of services for people with disabilities. Accordingly, a copy of the Deputy's question has been forwarded to the chief executive officer, South Eastern Health Board, with a request that he examine the case and reply directly to the Deputy as a matter of urgency.

John McGuinness

Question:

135 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children if an application for mobility allowance in the name of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow will be approved; and if a decision will be expedited in view of the fact that the original application was made on 17 July 2003. [6446/04]

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The assessment of entitlement to and payment of the mobility allowance in any individual case is a matter for the relevant health board. Accordingly, a copy of the Deputy's question has been forwarded to the chief executive officer, South Eastern Health Board, with a request that he examine the case and reply directly to the Deputy as a matter of urgency.

John McGuinness

Question:

136 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children if an appointment will be expedited for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny at County Clinic, James Green, Kilkenny, with a person (details supplied) with regard to their heart condition and qualification for domiciliary care allowance. [6447/04]

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The assessment of entitlement to and payment of the domiciliary care allowance in any individual case is a matter for the relevant health board. Accordingly, a copy of the Deputy's question has been forwarded to the chief executive officer of the South Eastern Health Board with a request that he examine the case and reply directly to the Deputy as a matter of urgency.