Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Questions (348)

Michael Moynihan


348. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Health if he has received correspondence from disability service providers about their concerns regarding providing respite for adults with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26216/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

While I routinely receive correspondence from members of the Oireachtas, members of the public and disability service providers, I am not aware of any recent correspondence from service providers regarding respite provision.

As part of its ongoing service provision, this year, the HSE will provide over 182,500 respite nights and 32,662 day respite sessions to families in need right across the country. An additional €10m provided last year, has funded twelve new respite houses. That’s one in each HSE CHO area, plus an additional three houses in the Greater Dublin area to respond to the very high demand for respite from this area. These twelve additional houses are providing additional respite for families that need it. This year, the HSE will also fund a number of alternative respite services. These are practical and important solutions, such as summer camps, evening and Saturday clubs, benefitting hundreds of adults and children.