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Written Answers - Health Services

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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 270.  Deputy Jack Wall Information on Jack Wall Zoom on Jack Wall  asked the Minister for Health Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  if the following will be considered in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3095/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch As the Deputy is aware, the Minister for Health James Reilly TD announced the allocation of €1m in additional funding to address the needs of children with autism this year, with a further €1m following over each of the next two years —€3m in total. This funding, which will be reflected in the HSE’s Service Plan for 2012, will be focussed on addressing waiting times for specialist therapy services for children who have been diagnosed with autism and on developing Early Intervention Teams.

While the additional funding is being allocated to address existing waiting lists and ensure that children with autism receive the supports they require to achieve their full potential, it is not possible to say at this stage how long any individual child will spend on waiting lists for assessment or intervention.

As the Deputy’s question relates in part to service matters, I have referred the Deputy’s question to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.

 271.  Deputy Michael McNamara Information on Michael McNamara Zoom on Michael McNamara  asked the Minister for Health Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  the taxi costs for transporting all patients in County Clare to and from Ennis and Limerick hospitals, for hospital treatments and appointments over the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3097/12]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.


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