Thursday, 12 July 2012

Questions (226)

Dominic Hannigan

Question:

227 Deputy Dominic Hannigan asked the Minister for Health if he will consult with end users of disability services before decisions are taken regarding new budgetary decisions that are due to be taken in the next budget; his plans for the PA programme over the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34057/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

Pending completion of the national estimates, budgetary and service planing process for 2013 it is not possible to predict the service levels to be provided next year. Personal assistant services are an integral part of the specialist disability services provided by the Health Service Executive. The National Service Plan for this year includes provision for 1.64 million personal assistant/home support hours for over 11,500 people with a disability.