Thursday, 1 February 2018

Questions (209)

Pearse Doherty


209. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if a dedicated attendant will be provided to accompany persons on a bus service which operates and transports service users to and from a day care centre (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5128/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

The particular issue raised by the Deputy is a service matter for the HSE. Accordingly I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.