Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (162)

Michael Lowry


162. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Finance the position of a primary medical certificate application by a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; when an assessment on this application will take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2877/21]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

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.