Press Release

Martin Launches Review of the Nursing Home Subvention Scheme

Minister Micheál Martin, Minister for Health and Children, today launched the Review of the Nursing Home Subvention Scheme which was written by Professor Eamon O´Shea on behalf of the Department of Health and Children.

The Report was launched simultaneously with the Department of Social and Family Affairs´ Study on the Future Financing of Long-Term Care in Ireland. The Minister said it was his hope that “. . .both reports will generate public debate about the financing of long-term care and raise awareness of the need to plan for the delivery of services to older people in the future.”

The Minister spoke of the increasing cost of the Nursing Home Subvention Scheme and why a review was so essential.

He highlighted the issues raised in the Review, in particular the introduction of a home-based subvention, which is outlined in the Health Strategy. He stated that “The introduction of a home-based subvention is consistent with the policy of successive Governments of maintaining older people in their own homes for as long as they wish”.

He went on to talk about the continuing need for nursing homes, which he said provided “. . .care to people, not just older people, but people with a broad range of needs including the young chronic sick”.

Minister Martin acknowledged the contribution of the private nursing home sector in the provision of extended care and other services for the ageing population. He reaffirmed the Government´s commitment to continue to work in partnership with this sector.

The Minister concluded by saying that “. . .it is imperative, now, that all service planners and service providers use the information gleaned from this review to ensure that the needs and wishes of older people are to the fore in the provision of long-term care”.

Minister´s Speech