Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (708, 709, 710, 711)

Catherine Martin

Question:

708. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Health the number of the children’s disability network manager’s posts advertised on 19 November 2018 that were filled and in place by the end of quarter 1 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18749/19]

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Catherine Martin

Question:

709. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a facility (details supplied) has been allocated 0.8 of a speech and language therapist resource for 117 children; his views on whether this is in breach of Article 24, Section 2 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18750/19]

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Catherine Martin

Question:

710. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Health if he will seek the provision of emergency speech and language therapist cover in a facility (details supplied) until the progressing disability services programme is completed in view of the fact there is only 0.8 speech and language therapist posts allocated for 117 children; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18751/19]

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Catherine Martin

Question:

711. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Health the reason there is a delay in completing the progressing disability services programme; when the programme will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18752/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 708 to 711, 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.

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.