Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Questions (252)

Eamon Scanlon


252. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Health if he will report on ongoing talks with an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22521/19]

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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. The Government's primary concern is to ensure the continuity of disability services delivered in line with strong governance mechanisms in a cost-effective and equitable manner consistent with care and support needs. As one of many service providers, Rehab provide invaluable services and supports to people with disabilities and their families.

Minister Harris and I held a further joint meeting with Rehab and the HSE on Tuesday last, 21st May. We want to acknowledge the positive and transparent level of engagement by Rehab with the HSE over the past number of weeks, and their commitment to continue to work closely in the future. We recognise the additional expenditure requirement, as set out and agreed at our meeting, is attributable in the main to a number of specific regulatory challenges and associated service pressures. We have committed to the provision of an additional €2 million in funding to Rehab, subject to agreement with the HSE on services to be delivered.