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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 3 June 2010

Thursday, 3 June 2010

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Kieran O'Donnell

Ceist:

63 Deputy Kieran O’Donnell asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will reverse the decision to withdraw funding of €1.08 million for a service (details supplied) in County Limerick; her views on the resultant closure of respite services to 63 persons and the curtailment of services to a further 45 residents; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23933/10]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health and Children)

I wish to advise the Deputy that the issues raised by him relate to the provision of services which is a matter for the Health Service Executive. Due to the ongoing industrial action, it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. However, I understand the HSE informed my Department that it plans to maintain access to appropriate treatments and services for clients during 2010 despite the current resource pressures. The HSE is aware of the challenges which the reduction in allocations will present to organisations in ensuring they meet the needs of service users and in planning for emergencies that arise throughout the year. It also recognises that maintaining service levels within available resources will require significant levels of co-operation, change, flexibility and creativity. All disability service providers in the Limerick area have been requested to advise and discuss, with HSE management, challenges they are experiencing, prior to cuts/changes to service provision being implemented. There are also plans to develop a local forum of all service providers (both physical and sensory and intellectual disability), with a focus on the needs of service users now and in the future.

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