Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Ceisteanna (509, 510, 511, 513, 514, 515)

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

509. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the lack of respite facilities and opportunities for persons with disabilities nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29923/19]

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Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

510. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health if he has access to the information collated at local area level for parents of children and adults requesting respite for each CHO; if there is information on requests granted and refused in each of the years 2011 to 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29924/19]

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Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

511. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health if he has received correspondence from disability service providers regarding their concerns in relation to providing respite for adults with disabilities within CHO 2; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29925/19]

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Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

513. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health the criteria used for respite care for persons with disabilities; if the age of the carer is taken into consideration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29927/19]

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Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

514. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health the number of persons with disabilities between 30 and 40 years of age still being cared for by their parents; his plans for respite for such persons in view of the fact that their carers are older; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29928/19]

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Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

515. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health the funding allocation for providing respite care in 2019; the amount drawn down to date in 2019; if funding will be utilised for providing respite care in CHO 2; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29929/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 509 to 511, inclusive, and 513 to 515, 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. 

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.