Dáil Éireann - Volume 390 - 23 May, 1989

Written Answers. - Non-Capital Funding to Health Boards.

100. Mr. D. Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health if he will furnish details of the actual amounts of non-capital funding made available in the separate health board areas, to both statutory and voluntary agencies for the delivery of services to mentally handicapped people for the financial years 1985 to 1989, inclusive; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Health (Dr. O'Hanlon): The estimated apportionment of amounts expended on the care of the mentally handicapped on a health board basis and based on the geographic origin of clients is as follows:

[793]Health Board Area

1985

1986

1987

1988

[794]1989

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

Eastern

25.514

26.375

27.374

27.887

29.108

Midland

6.449

6.388

6.754

6.865

6.765

Mid-Western

6.978

7.308

7.777

7.937

8.250

North-Eastern

4.126

4.079

4.291

4.437

4.558

North-Western

2.990

3.120

3.309

3.422

3.516

South-Eastern

6.416

6.692

7.053

7.219

7.410

Southern

11.725

12.644

13.215

13.633

13.968

Western

11.723

12.850

13.106

13.368

13.599

Total

75.921

79.456

82.879

84.768

87.174

The above data includes homes for the mentally handicapped which are on a direct budget with the Department of Health together with services provided by health board and local voluntary agencies which are funded directly by the health boards.

In addition to the foregoing, services are provided within health board psychiatric hospitals for persons with a mental handicap. It should also be noted that a number of persons with a mental handicap qualify individually for payment of the disabled persons maintenance allowance.