Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1089)

Catherine Martin

Question:

1089. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) who applied on 29 May 2018 for an early intervention assessment appointment is still waiting for that appointment and has been told it may not happen until May 2019 in view of the fact that under the Disability Act 2005 children must be assessed within three months of applying; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20002/19]

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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.