Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (440)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

440. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health his plans to address a waiting list for autism services (details supplied); his plans to appoint additional staff to the service; his plans for budget increases for the services; the alternatives available for those awaiting the service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5574/19]

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.