Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Questions (175)

John Brady

Question:

175. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of those identified in work regarding the bin waiver as needing State assistance as a result of medical incontinence. [37822/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

My Department has engaged with relevant stakeholders, including representative organisations and public bodies, in an effort to see how best to provide a financial support to persons with long-term incontinence with respect to the disposal of medical incontinence wear. One of the difficulties associated with efforts to deliver a support to date has been trying to accurately estimate the number of persons in need of the support. Stakeholders agree that it is not possible at present to determine a precise figure.

While there are complex issues at play in this area, which are understandable given the sensitive nature of the medical data in question, my Department is continuing to examine options to address this issue.