Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ceisteanna (425)

Bríd Smith


425. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that parents of children with a suspected diagnosis of autism are being told that their child will not get seen by the early interventions team for over a year after initial diagnosis and concerns from a developmental paediatrician; the reason for the lengthy delays in view of the urgency of early interventions for these children; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21327/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

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.

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