Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Ceisteanna (272)

Paul McGrath

Ceist:

286 Mr. P. McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children the criteria used in assessing children with disabilities for residential care and deciding whether they are entitled to five or seven day care; and the reason siblings with a similar prognosis can be assessed as having different residential needs. [14098/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health and Children)

As the Deputy may be aware, a sum of €75m for revenue purposes was provided to the Health Service Executive for Disability Services in the 2007 Budget. This sum incorporates the 2007 element of the Government's multi-annual investment programme for the National Disability Strategy. This Strategy is committed to enhancing the level and range of multi-disciplinary support services to adults and children with an intellectual, physical and sensory disability and those with autism.

The Deputy's question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.