NHI Statement: Health Service Capacity Review

 

Long-Stay Beds Won't Happen Unless Fair Deal Pricing Reviewed

 

Fair Deal: Government cannot continue kicking for touch

 

Nursing Homes Ireland today, 23rd January, acknowledges publication of the Department of Health Review of Health Demand and Capacity Requirements in Ireland to 2031.  Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO states: “This report provides further evidence of the fundamental role nursing home care fulfils within our current and future health service. Todays report, which advances requirement for an additional 13,000 residential care beds, will not be progressed unless the Department of Health publishes the Fair Deal pricing review and addresses the accepted failings in the pricing mechanism. The review of the pricing mechanism, which was scheduled for completion 1st June 2017, remains outstanding and requires immediate publication. Minister Harris states the capacity analysis is integral to future planning for our health services. The current pricing mechanism is threatening the sustainability of current provision and is an impediment to existing providers to expand. The Fair Deal pricing review can no longer be put on the long-finger and pushed to one side.

 

“Today’s review further highlights the extent of the considerable growth in numbers that will be availing of our health services in the coming years. It is critical the staffing complement that will be required to meet the care needs of our population is prioritised in our health planning. NHI reiterates its call for Government to lead in the development of a workforce plan that will identify, attract, educate and support the recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals for healthcare services and, in tandem, our older population. This must apply across the health service – all health providers have an essential role to fulfil.

 

“This is yet another timely wake-up call and it should be noted projections presented are hardly startling or particularly new. The increasingly essential role of nursing homes and primary care service provision within our communities is to the fore. The review provides further compulsion for Government to lead in advancing policy and resourcing deficits that are deterring the required enhancement and expansion of healthcare services. 

“The only new supply of nursing home beds in the past decade have been from private and voluntary operators. Our sector needs to be engaged in true partnership by Government and the HSE if the considerable increase in  capacity required is to come to fruition.  Ireland is too small for public to operate in isolation from private and voluntary providers."

 

Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO, is available for further comment. Contact Michael McGlynn, NHI Communications & Research Executive at 01 4699806 or 087 9082970.

 

 

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