Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 590 No. 5

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  202.  Mr. Sargent  Information on Trevor Sargent  Zoom on Trevor Sargent   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   if it is in line with Government policy for a health board to disburse money directly to parents of a child with Down’s syndrome rather than engage a speech therapist on the understanding that the parents will procure speech and language therapy privately; and if this practice has been authorised by her Department and the Comptroller and Auditor General. [25624/04]

Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Mr. T. O’Malley): Information on Tim O'Malley  Zoom on Tim O'Malley  As the Deputy may be aware responsibility for the provision of services to persons with an intellectual disability, including Down’s syndrome, is a matter for the relevant health board. The allocation of funding for the provision of requisite services is determined by the health board on a case by case basis. It is a matter for the relevant health board to ensure that all sanctions have been obtained and that an adequate monitoring system is in place to guarantee appropriate disbursement of public funds.

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