Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Ceisteanna (1204)

James Browne

Ceist:

1204. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the number of persons with disabilities in receipt of home support hours in each LHO area at the end of June 2020 or the latest date available; the number on the waiting list for same in each LHO area; and the number waiting zero to three, three to six, six to 12 and more than 12 months, respectively, in tabular form. [15544/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The HSE provides a range of assisted living services including Personal Assistant (PA) and Home Support services to support individuals to maximise their capacity to live full and independent lives. The Department of Health and HSE are committed to protecting the level of PA and Home Support Services available to persons with disabilities, in line with the National Service Plan. As part of its response to the unprecedented COVID19 crisis, the HSE has worked with service providers and developed a Contingency Plan to assist in the delivery of services where possible, and recognises that many new and innovative processes were developed to maintain different forms of service delivery during this crisis.

The Department of Health recognises that the programme for Government pledges to deliver increased home support and Personal Assistance hours, and notes that additional funding was allocated in the National Service Plan for 2020.

As the Deputy's question relates to a service issue, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.