Tuesday, 4 March 2008
Dáil Eireann Debate
296. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health and Children the waiting list for speech and language therapy in the Ballyfermot area; and the steps being taken to address this issue. [9206/08]
Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Deputy Jimmy Devins): As part of the Multi-Annual Investment Programme 2006-2009 under the Disability Strategy, the Government provided the Health Service Executive with an additional €75m in both 2006 and 2007. This funding included monies to provide new and enhanced services for people with disabilities, to implement Part 2 of the Disability Act 2005, which came into effect on June 1st 2007 for the under 5’s and also for the continuation of the implementation of the transfer of persons with intellectual disability from psychiatric hospitals and other inappropriate placements.
The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have these matters investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.
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