Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Questions (405)

Gino Kenny


405. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some parents are being refused an assessment of need following the parent questionnaire stage in view of the fact that English is not their first language or there may be literacy difficulties and they may not have the necessary skills to recognise the red flags of disability; if his attention has been further drawn to the need for professionals to review the child as best practice; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52345/18]

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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.

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.