Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (871, 872)

Michael McGrath

Question:

871. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health when a child (details supplied) in County Cork will have an ASD assessment; the position of the child on the waiting list; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13810/19]

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Michael McGrath

Question:

872. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the duration a child (details supplied) in County Cork will be waiting for an ASD assessment; if they can benefit in the meantime from HSE intervention services in the community such as speech and language and occupational therapy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13811/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 871 and 872 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. 

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.