Nursing Homes Ireland welcomes PAC probe into public nursing home costs

 

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Nursing Homes Ireland has welcomed a commitment by the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee to examine the cost of public nursing home care in Ireland.

It was announced last week in the Dail that 22.75 million euro will be spent by the state to deliver 130 beds in Donegal.

The commitment to examine the costs arises from NHI correspondence to the committee following a publication in October by the HSE of the cost of care in its own operated nursing homes.

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Nursing Homes Ireland believe the costs highlighted discriminatory practice between what the State will spend for care in its own nursing homes and what it will pay for citizens’ care in private and voluntary counterparts.

This comes as it was announced last week in the Dail that €22.75m will be spent by the State to deliver 130 beds in Donegal. Excluding site cost, this amounts to a spend of €175,000 per bed.