Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Ceisteanna (96, 97, 98, 99)

Mary Butler

Ceist:

96. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Health the number of assessments of need carried out by the ASD team located in Waterford city and county in each of the years 2016 to 2018, by age groups of zero to six, seven to 12 and 13 to 18 years of age in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22901/19]

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Mary Butler

Ceist:

97. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Health the average length of time a child may be waiting for an assessment of need for an ASD diagnosis in Waterford city and county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22902/19]

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Mary Butler

Ceist:

98. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Health the reason some HSE disability services in various CHOs are reluctant to accept privately sourced assessment of needs diagnosis for ASD which parents have privately undertaken from qualified medical personnel due to the length of the waiting lists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22903/19]

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Mary Butler

Ceist:

99. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Health when and they way in which the 15 additional posts promised under the 2019 National Service Plan of the HSE to improve access and assessments for children in County Waterford and the south-east will be allocated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22904/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 96 to 99, inclusive, 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 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.