Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1197)

Noel Rock

Question:

1197. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Health if plans by the HSE to increase staffing levels in therapy disciplines to support the assessment of needs process for children in CHO Dublin north city and county will be expedited in view of the long waiting times for referrals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32005/19]

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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.