Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Ceisteanna (178, 180, 181, 185)

Kathleen Funchion

Ceist:

178. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Health the way in which the service provider for the day respite service in counties Carlow and Kilkenny is deciding on priority in view of the fact that some families seem to be getting monthly day respite while other families with children with complex medical needs are only being offered it every six to eight weeks. [7669/18]

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Kathleen Funchion

Ceist:

180. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Health the reason for the difference in the allocation of respite care between counties Carlow and Kilkenny (details supplied). [7671/18]

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Kathleen Funchion

Ceist:

181. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Health his plans to change the location of the day respite service in County Carlow (details supplied). [7672/18]

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Kathleen Funchion

Ceist:

185. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Health the reason there is an unequal overnight respite service for counties Carlow and Kilkenny, in view of the fact it is the same service provider. [7676/18]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 178, 180, 181 and 185 together.

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

The Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability.

As the Deputy's questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.