Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Ceisteanna (276, 277, 278)

Finian McGrath

Ceist:

405 Mr. F. McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children the entitlements to a person (details supplied) in County Galway with a major disability; the financial assistance and other support which will be given when this person is 18 years old; and if he will give maximum advice, support and financial assistance to the family. [3045/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health and Children)

The provision of health related services for people with physical and-or sensory disabilities is a matter for the Eastern Regional Health Authority and the health boards in the first instance. Accordingly, the Deputy's question has been referred to the chief executive officer of the Western Health Board with a request that she examine the matter and reply directly to the Deputy as a matter of urgency.

John McGuinness

Ceist:

406 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children the action he has taken to provide services and support for persons (details supplied) in County Kilkenny who are autistic; the assessments which have been made and the action which is planned; if the parents of these persons have been met by his Department or anyone representing his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3053/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Responsibility for the provision of services to persons with autism in the Kilkenny region lies with the South Eastern Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the matters raised and to reply directly to the Deputy as a matter of urgency. Officials from my Department have not met with the parents of the persons in question.

John McGuinness

Ceist:

407 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children if an assessment will be arranged immediately for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny who attends the presentation primary school, Kilkenny; if he will determine their medical and educational needs; and if the request supported by this person's general practitioner will be expedited. [3056/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Responsibility for the provision of care and treatment of the named individual referred to by the Deputy rests with the South Eastern Health Board. My Department has, therefore, asked the chief executive officer to investigate the matter raised by the Deputy and to reply to him directly.