Press Release

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Bill completes Second Stage in Dáil Eireann

Máire Hoctor, TD, Minister for Older People is delighted to announce the successful passage of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme Bill through Second Stage in the Dáil. The Bill, which will provide for a new scheme of financial support for nursing home care, completed Second Stage in the Dáil yesterday (18th February 2009) and was passed by a majority vote.

Minister Hoctor said, “I am very pleased to see another significant milestone completed in the passage of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme Bill 2008 through the Oireachtas. The new Nursing Homes Support Scheme, A Fair Deal, will make accessing nursing home care a more simple process and will ensure that it is affordable for everyone. This is a very important piece of legislation as was reflected in the lengthy and very comprehensive debate which took place over the Bill.’

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme was originally announced by Government in December 2006. The legislation providing for the scheme was subsequently published on the 9th October 2008 and is currently being brought through the Houses of the Oireachtas with a view to implementing the scheme later this year.

Details of the new scheme are available on the HSE website, www.hse.ie, the HSE infoline is also be available on 1850 24 1850.