Thursday, 7 February 2019

Ceisteanna (185, 186)

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

185. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health the number of children under 18 years of age on the speech and language therapy initial treatment waiting list in each LHO area; and the number waiting 0 to 12, 12 to 26, 26 to 52 and more than 52 weeks, respectively in tabular form. [6171/19]

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Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

186. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health the number of children under 18 years of age on the speech and language therapy further treatment waiting list in each LHO area; and the number waiting 0 to 12, 12 to 26, 26 to 52 and more than 52 weeks, respectively in tabular form. [6172/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 185 and 186 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.

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.