Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (70)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

70. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Finance the changes that have been made to the medical criteria to allow the reopening of the primary medical certificate application scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7656/21]

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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.

Questions Nos. 71 and 72 answered with Question No. 58.