Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Questions (399, 400)

Catherine Martin

Question:

399. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that an association (details supplied) did not undertake a consultation with its members in relation to the closure of a centre in advance of the announcement of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50079/19]

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Catherine Martin

Question:

400. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Health his views on a meeting by an association (details supplied) with the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health during which its CEO stated that it would not be closing a centre if it had been able to attain funding; his plans to secure the funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50080/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 399 and 400 together.

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.

The Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability.

As the Deputy's questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.