Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Tuesday, 13 May 2003

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 566 No. 3

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  307.  Mr. Stanton  Information on David Stanton  Zoom on David Stanton   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   the reasons the Southern Health Board has moved to a new taxi company in order to transport persons with special needs to school and to sheltered workshops in the Cork area; the measures in place to ensure that the safety of these persons being transported is guaranteed; the Garda checks on the new drivers that have been carried out to ensure such safety; the training and instruction given to these and other such drivers to ensure that they are adequately prepared in order to be able to assist their passengers in the case of illness or emergency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12623/03]

Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Mr. T. O'Malley): Information on Tim O'Malley  Zoom on Tim O'Malley  Responsibility for the provision of health and personal social services to persons with disabilities in the Cork area is the responsibility, in the first instance, of the Southern Health Board. My Department has therefore asked the chief executive officer of the board to investigate the matter and reply directly to the Deputy.

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