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Respite Care Services

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 30 June 2020

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Ceisteanna (512)

Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

512. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health his plans to ensure that the testing of service users under the testing mechanism for all service users as part of respite care packages for service users returning for respite care to take place 72 hours before they avail of respite will be carried out in their own homes; and if the results will be confirmed to the families to share with the facility in order that these vulnerable persons do not have to travel to a hospital or testing centre to have their Covid-19 test carried out. [13372/20]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

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 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.

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