Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (152)

Michael Fitzmaurice

Question:

152. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No. 228 of 27 January 2021, the reason County Roscommon is not carrying out assessments; when the county will carry out assessments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8429/21]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I brought forward an amendment to the Finance Bill to provide for the existing medical criteria for the Disabled Drivers Scheme in primary legislation. Following approval of the Finance Act 2020, the HSE has been informed that medical assessments can recommence from 1st January 2021.

However, in the context of the national effort to suppress and manage the impact of COVID, the ability to hold assessments is impacted 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 and in responding to outbreaks in residential care facilities across the country. The HSE has confirmed that the community medical doctors and their teams are predominately deployed to the COVID vaccination rollout in residential care facilities and other health care settings.