Press Release

Minister O’Malley addresses the Annual General Meeting and Conference of Inclusion Ireland, National Association for People with Disability

Mr. Tim O’Malley, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children to-day (Friday 31st March, 2006), formally addressed the Annual General Meeting and Conference of Inclusion Ireland, National Association for People with an Intellectual Disability, (previously known as NAMHI) in the Radisson Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick.

The Minister said that one of the principles which is included in the Health Strategy “Quality and Fairness” is to ensure that health services are people centred. This is an approach which is increasingly being taken by service providers.

The Minister further said that the Government had a clear and effective strategy in relation to the planning and delivery of health funded services to people with disabilities, including those with mental illness. Mr. O’Malley also said that the provision of health funded services to meet the identified needs of people with disabilities is a key element of the National Disability Strategy, which was announced in September, 2004.

Minister O’Malley said that the proposed Health Bill, 2006 provides for the establishment of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and the Social Services Inspectorate (SSI) function on a statutory basis.

The Minister said that HIQA will set standards for services provided by or on behalf of the Health Service Executive (HSE) except those services which come within the remit of the Mental health Commission and the Inspector of Mental Health Services.