Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Questions (405)

Brendan Smith


405. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the widespread concerns about the proposal by an association (details supplied) to close a centre; if his attention has been further drawn to the views expressed at a recent meeting of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health regarding the need to retain the centre in view of the important services provided to many persons with a disability; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50160/19]

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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.

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 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.