Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Ceisteanna (102)

Trevor Sargent

Ceist:

202 Mr. Sargent asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children if it is in line with Government policy for a health board to disburse money directly to parents of a child with Down’s syndrome rather than engage a speech therapist on the understanding that the parents will procure speech and language therapy privately; and if this practice has been authorised by her Department and the Comptroller and Auditor General. [25624/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health)

As the Deputy may be aware responsibility for the provision of services to persons with an intellectual disability, including Down's syndrome, is a matter for the relevant health board. The allocation of funding for the provision of requisite services is determined by the health board on a case by case basis. It is a matter for the relevant health board to ensure that all sanctions have been obtained and that an adequate monitoring system is in place to guarantee appropriate disbursement of public funds.