Thursday, 17 October 2019

Ceisteanna (181, 182, 183, 184, 185)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Ceist:

181. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health if all school age teams have a full complement of specialists to allow multidisciplinary assessment and interventions; if, in particular, a team (details supplied) has the complement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42649/19]

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Richard Boyd Barrett

Ceist:

182. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health the way in which children are prioritised for the school age team assessment; if it follows the national policy for prioritisation for persons with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42650/19]

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Richard Boyd Barrett

Ceist:

183. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health if assessments of needs by school age teams have a long waiting list; if parents can have private assessments done and still avail of interventions and supports from the appropriate specialists on the teams; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42651/19]

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Richard Boyd Barrett

Ceist:

184. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health if each child has to have a second full multidisciplinary assessment after having one with the early intervention team when moving to primary school when the child reaches the age of five; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42652/19]

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Richard Boyd Barrett

Ceist:

185. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health if staff in the early intervention and school age teams are replaced while on leave and maternity leave; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42655/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 181 to 185, 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.