Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Questions (171)

James Browne

Question:

171. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the position regarding State funding of the national platform for self-advocates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49401/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The National Platform of Self-Advocates is an advocacy service for people with intellectual disabilities which was established and is run by people with intellectual disabilities. 

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services.  The Department of Health does not fund organisations directly while the HSE can only fund organisations for the purpose of providing health services on its behalf.

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.