Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (871, 872)

Verona Murphy

Question:

871. Deputy Verona Murphy asked the Minister for Health the number of autism spectrum disorder assessment appointments which have been carried out since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38437/20]

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Verona Murphy

Question:

872. Deputy Verona Murphy asked the Minister for Health the number of patients on the autism disorder assessment waiting list in County Wexford; the average length of time for a patient to wait for an assessment appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38438/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 871 and 872 together.

The Programme for Government, Our Shared Future, recognises the need to improve services for both children and adults with disabilities through better implementation and by working together across Government in a better way.

The Government commits to prioritising early diagnosis and access to services for children and ensuring that the most effective interventions are provided for each child, to guarantee the best outcomes.

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.