Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Ceisteanna (611)

Aindrias Moynihan


611. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health the plans in place for the reopening of learning and disability services for adults and children that are closed due to Covid-19 restrictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8067/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I am informed that HSE Disability Services is now moving from the current crisis-response phase to the next phase, which will be one of recovery and safe reinstatement of supports and services critical to people with disabilities and their families. In this context, the HSE are in the process of detailed planning in order to recover these services in line with the Governments' Roadmap. This will be supported by way of assurance and oversight from the HSE's Chief Clinical Officer along with the NPHET, to ensure the HSE does so in a safe manner. HSE will continue to adhere to public health requirements while also reflecting key policy and legal requirements forming under the UN Convention on the Rights of People with a Disability. This means that services, whilst being delivered in new ways, will gradually be re-introduced to people with disabilities.

The HSE have established a number of Working Groups to design and propose how services can be safely reintroduced. This will be achieved as a collaborative process involving out colleagues within the disability umbrella organisations.

Please note that many educational services for children with disabilities are under the remit of the Department of Education and Skills and the deputy may wish to direct enquiries in that regard to my colleague, the Minister for Education.