Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (138, 148, 150)

Kieran O'Donnell

Question:

138. Deputy Kieran O'Donnell asked the Minister for Finance if primary medical certificate applications can be processed by the HSE from 1 January 2021 as provided for in the Finance Act 2020; and if his Department has advised the HSE in writing of this legislative measure. [2286/21]

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Robert Troy

Question:

148. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Finance when his Department expects a reply from the Office of the Attorney General with regard to primary medical certificates currently on hold pending same. [2534/21]

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Robert Troy

Question:

150. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Finance when he expects a reply from the Office of the Attorney General with regard to primary medical certificates currently on hold pending same (details supplied). [2549/21]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 138, 148 and 150 together.

Following approval of the Finance Act 2020, which provides for the medical criteria for the Disabled Drivers Scheme, the HSE has been informed that medical assessments can recommence from 1st January 2021. This is considered to be an interim solution only. A comprehensive review of the scheme, to include a broader review of mobility supports for persons with disabilities, will be conducted this year. On foot of that review new proposals will be brought forward for consideration.

Separately, the ability to hold assessments may be impacted on by, among other things, the public health restrictions in place and the role of the HSE Medical Officers in the roll out of the Covid vaccination programme.

Question No. 139 answered with Question No. 134.