Thursday, 7 March 2013

Questions (246, 247)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

246. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if he will commit to producing an implementation plan for the national neurorehabilitation strategy; and if he will ensure that this is done in time for the upcoming European Brain month in May. [12120/13]

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Michael Creed

Question:

247. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the national neurorehabilitation strategy; if he will request the Health Service Executive to prioritise an implementation plan for this strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12124/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 246 and 247 together.

The report "National Policy and Strategy for the Provision of Neuro-rehabilitation Services in Ireland 2011 - 2015" published in December 2011, is the overarching policy on neuro-rehabilitation services. There are no proposals to publish an implementation plan in respect of this report as the report includes proposals for a framework for the future of neuro-rehabilitation services in Ireland. It also contains proposals on implementing the report including key elements such as: guiding principles; implementation structure; methodology for implementation; and information and communication. The report recognises that given the current economic climate, the focus in the short to medium term has to be on re-configuration of services, structures and resources and the enhancement of the skills and competencies required to meet the changing context.