Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Questions (244)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

244. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the negative impacts of reconfiguration efforts on a service in County Kerry (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15656/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE has recognised the need to increase the level of consistency and standardisation in the way services for children with disabilities are delivered. It is currently engaged in a reconfiguration of existing therapy resources to multidisciplinary geographic based teams for children as part of the National Programme on Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People (0-18 years).

The aim of the Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People Programme is to achieve a national, unified approach to delivering disability health services so that there is a clear pathway to services for all children, regardless of where they live, what school they go to or the nature of their disability.

The Programme is organised at national, regional and local level and includes representatives from the health and education sectors, non-statutory service providers and parents. An additional €4m has been specifically allocated in 2014 to drive implementation of the Programme. This equates to approximately 80 therapy posts.

My Department has asked the HSE to reply directly to the Deputy in respect of the specific local operational issue that he has raised.