Thursday, 7 February 2019

Questions (160, 161, 162)

Mick Wallace

Question:

160. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Health the number of respite hours provided for adults with an intellectual disability in County Wexford in each of the years 2010 to 2018, in tabular form. [5992/19]

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Mick Wallace

Question:

161. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Health the number of respite hours provided for children and adolescents with an intellectual disability in County Wexford in each of the years 2010 to 2018, in tabular form. [5993/19]

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Mick Wallace

Question:

162. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Health if there is a limit to or a maximum amount of respite hours for adults with an intellectual disability available by year for each person that is eligible; and the criteria for eligibility for these respite hours. [5994/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 160 to 162, inclusive, together.

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 Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability.

As the Deputy's questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.