Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has directly intervened to order the HSE to hold 'on-the-ground' meetings with Disabilities Minister Anne Rabbitte amid concerns about how services for children are being delivered.

That's according to today's Irish Examiner.

The Galway East based Minister has claimed senior HSE officials blocked her from holding individual meetings with those managing services for children with disabilities across the country as they feared what she might ask and were concerned about "the lack of control" they would have over such meetings.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said a full review of the Progressing Disabilities Services programme for children is required and sought a meeting with HSE chief executive Paul Reid on the matter.

Minister Donnelly contacted Paul Reid after it emerged that Minister Rabbitte was being continuously prevented from holding one-to-one meetings with each of the nine CHO disabilities managers and their teams working on the ground.

The paper understands that the HSE has now agreed to allow these monthly meetings to go ahead.

Minister Rabbitte said it was "regrettable" and "unfortunate" that her position had been "undermined" and that a senior minister had to get involved.

Asked why she thought she had been blocked, Anne Rabbitte said: "They might have feared, as well, what I might ask and the lack of control within that.




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