NHI statement re Fair Deal

 

Nursing Homes Ireland today, 24th July,  welcomes the Government announcement that it has approved a proposal to change the treatment of farms and businesses under the Fair Deal scheme and has urged it to now immediately publish the review of Fair Deal that is outstanding for 13 months.

 

Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO stated: “Today’s proposal to change the treatment of farms and businesses provides greater level of fairness for users of the scheme. However a review of the pricing mechanism, which is critical to how the scheme operates and is fundamental to ensuring it is appropriate for meeting the care needs of people who require nursing home care, remains outstanding. A review of the pricing mechanism, being undertaken by the NTPF, was scheduled for completion 13 months ago but it continues to be delayed. In excess of 70% of private and voluntary nursing homes are small family-run, owner-operated business with fewer than 60 beds. Fair Deal is critical to their sustainability and survival and, as is stands, is leading to the closure of such nursing homes. Today’s announcement signifies the willingness to change the operation of Fair Deal and we urge the review of the pricing mechanism to be published with immediacy.”

 

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

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