Thursday, 30 May 2019

Questions (86)

James Lawless

Question:

86. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Health when the recruited speech therapist is due to commence further to the vacancies in the mid-Kildare NDT; and his plans to address a backlog in referrals which have arisen from the position being vacant. [23067/19]

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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.