Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (685)

Seán Fleming

Question:

685. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Health the funding available for the disability services department in Tullamore, County Offaly for 2014; if this will lead to an increase or reduction in services for the region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5421/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Government is fully committed to ensuring the on-going delivery of vital services and supports to people with disabilities within available resources. The Health Service Executive (HSE) has been provided with funding in the order of €1.4 billion this year to fund its 2014 disability services programme for children and adults with disabilities.

Additional funding of €14m has been provided to address the priority needs within disability services identified by the Minister and advised to the HSE: €10m to provide additional places for school-leavers, those leaving training and emergency residential placements, and €4m to deliver the required increase in services for children with disabilities, including autism, and to reduce waiting lists under the Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People (0-18s) Programme.

In relation to the specific queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service issues they have been referred to the HSE for direct reply.