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Services for People with Disabilities

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 26 January 2016

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Questions (384)

Dominic Hannigan

Question:

384. Deputy Dominic Hannigan asked the Minister for Health why the Health Service Executive has cut a vital grant to Louth-Meath Down Syndrome by 60%; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3220/16]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Government will provide funding of €1.56 billion to the Disability Services Programme in 2016. The quantum of service to be provided with that funding, and the key service deliverables and priorities for the Disability Services Programme, are outlined in the HSE’s National Service Plan for 2016. The HSE is committed to protecting frontline services for people with disabilities to the greatest possible extent, and to maintaining a consistent level of service to that provided in 2015.

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy. If the Deputy has not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days, he can contact my Private Office and they will follow the matter up with the HSE.

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