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MEDICAL CARDS  FOR CHILDREN WITH DOMICILIARY CARE ALLOWANCE

SEAMUS HEALY TD Jan 2017:I asked for an update from Minister Frances Fitzgerald regarding the granting of medical cards to children in receipt of domiciliary care allowance as per the budget commitment. The Minister assured me that she expected the relevant legislation, which she acknowledged is a priority to be in the Dáil shortly. I will continue to follow up and keep you updated.


 

Assessment of Needs for Children

Seamus Healy TD Feb 2017: As promised I continue to follow up regarding Assessment of Needs for Children. I put the following question to the Minster: “To ask the Minister for Health the steps he will take to remedy the fact that south Tipperary is in breach of the statutory entitlement regarding assessment of needs for children under the Disability Act 2005 and to ensure that the matter is resolved; and if he will make a statement on the matter.”

I received the following reply from Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath: “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 particular issue raised by the Deputy is a service matter for the HSE. Accordingly I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.”

I will as promised continue to follow up and keep you informed.

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