Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Ceisteanna (198, 199)

Brendan Smith

Ceist:

198. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health when additional essential respite services will be provided for adults in counties Cavan and Monaghan; the number of respite centres; the operational capacity of each at present; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24509/19]

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Brendan Smith

Ceist:

199. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health when additional essential respite services will be provided for children in counties Cavan and Monaghan; the number of respite centres; the operational capacity of each at present; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24510/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 198 and 199 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.