Tuesday, 10 May 2005

Questions (122)

Richard Bruton

Question:

173 Mr. Bruton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children if she will report on the guidelines which are given by her Department through the Health Service Executive to home help organisers in respect of the charges that may be made for these services; if she has received reports of substantial increases in home help charges in recent times; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15462/05]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage, deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. This includes responsibility for the home help service. Accordingly, my Department has requested the HSE's national director of primary, continuing and community care to investigate the matters raised and to reply direct to the Deputy.