Dáil Éireann - Volume 623 - 05 July, 2006

Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Mr. McGuinness asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children if the home aids and appliances requested by a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny will be provided; if an occupational therapist’s report is available regarding this request; if she will expedite the matter. [27208/06]

  Mr. S. Power: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, the Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Mr. Stanton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question No. 238 of 3 May 2006, the details of topics discussed and outcome of the three consultation workshops held in May 2006; the number of people who participated in each event; if her Department has reached conclusions as a result of the workshops; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27209/06]

Mr. Stanton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question No. 238 of 3 May 2006, if she has received notification from either the Health Service Executive, the Department of Education and Science or the National Council for Special Education as to when the consultation process regarding part two will be completed; when the necessary regulations provided for in part two will be completed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27210/06]

Mr. Stanton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question No. 238 of 3 May 2006, the timescale for commencement of the provisions of Part 2 of the Disability Act 2005; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27211/06]

  Mr. T. O’Malley:I propose to take Questions Nos. 184 to 186, inclusive, together.

[1005] The three consultation workshops which were held in May 2006 focused specifically on the area of assessment of need. Around 300 people were invited and over 200 attended over the three days. The key themes which were discussed during the February conference on the assessment of need process were also discussed at these sessions, which provided an opportunity for a broader range of people with disabilities to have an input into the process. The key themes were: the Assessment of Need process; building on best practice to deliver on obligations under the Disability legislation; and strengthening the links “on the ground” i.e. links between education, other statutory bodies and HSE. The views expressed during the consultation as a whole fed into the development of the Department’s and the HSE’s thinking in relation to assessment of need process.

They were particularly helpful in the preparation of the part of my Department’s Sectoral Plan which outlines the arrangements for the implementation of Part 2 of the Disability Act 2005. The Department also worked with the Department of Education and Science, the HSE and the National Council for Special Education in the preparation of the arrangements for the implementation of this Part. The Sectoral Plan for the Department will be published within the next two to three weeks.