Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (399)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

399. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the number of tenders received for the provision of respite services at a centre (details supplied) with respect to the most recent competition for the procurement of the services; the name of the organisation in the case of each tender submission received; the respite hours each organisation is willing to provide per week; if submissions stipulated a willingness to provide weekend cover; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21699/19]

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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.

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 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.