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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Ceisteanna (618, 620, 621)

Violet-Anne Wynne

Ceist:

618. Deputy Violet-Anne Wynne asked the Minister for Health the reason the Neurorehabilitation Strategy 2011 steering group has not met in to date 2021; his views on the negative impact the lack of communication and co-ordination will have on advancing the strategy; when the next meeting is scheduled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61597/21]

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Violet-Anne Wynne

Ceist:

620. Deputy Violet-Anne Wynne asked the Minister for Health if he will fully implement the commitments of the Neurorehabilitation Strategy as per Article 26 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and to combat the level of unmet need for adults and children in the State; if he will consider multi-annual funding and resource framework in order to improve access and tackle waiting lists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61605/21]

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Violet-Anne Wynne

Ceist:

621. Deputy Violet-Anne Wynne asked the Minister for Health the status of the National Neurorehabilitation Strategy 2011; what aspects of it have been implemented a decade down the line; when the outstanding items will be implemented;; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61606/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 618, 620 and 621 together.

The Programme for Government – Our Shared Future’ includes a commitment for advancing neuro-rehabilitation services in the community. The Health Service Executive (HSE) is leading on the implementation framework in respect of the recommendations of the National Policy and Strategy for the provision of Neuro-Rehabilitation Services in Ireland 2011-2015.

The annual current expenditure levels are set through the Estimates process. Unlike the position for capital expenditure where multi annual commitments are made within the National Development Plan, the Estimates process for current expenditure currently allocates funding on an annual (single year) basis. No formal mechanism currently exists to provide current funding on a multi-annual basis to Departments, or onward to the HSE or to disability service providers.

As the issues raised are service matters, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.

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