Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1728)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

1728. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health if an examination of transport service provision for young persons with disabilities was undertaken to ensure that the service was fit for purpose and consistent with their needs as outlined in A Programme for a Partnership Government; the outcome of the examination; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33843/19]

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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.

Transport has been raised as an issue and the HSE are in the process of carrying out a mapping exercise of disability transport routes nationally.

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.