Written Answers - Services for People with Disabilities.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 668 No. 2

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  98.  Deputy David Stanton  Information on David Stanton  Zoom on David Stanton   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the number, under the multi-annual funding commitments in relation to disability services, of residential places committed to that were to be provided in 2006 and in 2007 for people with physical and sensory disabilities; the number of actual places that will be provided and the location of such places in each of these two years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42098/08]

  99.  Deputy David Stanton  Information on David Stanton  Zoom on David Stanton   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the number, under the multi-annual funding commitments in relation to disability services, of extra residential places for people with an intellectual disability and autism committed to be provided in 2006 and 2007 respectively; the number of actual places provided and the location of such places; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42099/08]

Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Deputy John Moloney): Information on John Moloney  Zoom on John Moloney  I propose to take Questions Nos. 98 and 99 together.

Under the Multi Annual Investment Programme additional funding of €75m was allocated to the Health Service Executive in both 2006 and 2007 to provide for additional disability services.

Intellectual Disability/Autism:

255 residential places,

85 respite places,

535 day places and transfers from Inappropriate Placements.

Physical and Sensory:

80 residential places, Home Supports and Personal Assistance — an additional 250,000 hours.

As the matters raised by the Deputy, including the number of actual places provided and the location of such places, is a matter for the HSE under the Health Act 2004, I have 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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