QUESTION NO: 1057
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister of State at the Department of Health (Finian McGrath T.D.)
by Deputy Mattie McGrath
for WRITTEN ANSWER on 16/09/2016
* To ask the Minister for Health if he will increase the level of funding to the Brothers of Charity to improve the levels of respite services for adults in County Tipperary; the current respite services available; the number of those requiring respite services in County Tipperary; his views on whether there are sufficient services to meet the demands; the measures he proposes to increase the level of services in County Tipperary; if the HSE will consider carrying out advance planning for the needs of those who are already in the disability services system in order that when children graduate to adult services, plans can be in place in advance to avoid unnecessary stress on the families who are left seeking services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. Mattie McGrath T.D.
The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.
The Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability.
As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.