Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Questions (245)

Gerard Murphy


268 Mr. G. Murphy asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason the occupational therapist for the Cork region has not been replaced when they left; if an assessment will be carried out for a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14103/07]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

As the Deputy may be aware, a sum of €75m for revenue purposes was provided to the Health Service Executive for Disability Services in the 2007 Budget. This sum incorporates the 2007 element of the Government's multi-annual investment programme for the National Disability Strategy. This Strategy is committed to enhancing the level and range of multi-disciplinary support services to adults and children with an intellectual, physical and sensory disability and those with autism.

The Deputy's question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.