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Dé Máirt, 31 Bealtaine, 2005
Tuesday, 31st May, 2005

2.30 p.m.

Fógra i dtaobh leasú ar Thairiscint:
Notice of amendment to Motion

49.  "That Dáil Éireann,

concerned at:

-  the absence of an independent statutorily-based inspection regime for all nursing homes;

-  the lack of information and transparency about standards applying to nursing homes; and

-  the failure to make current inspectors reports easily accessible and available to the public, nursing home residents and their families; 

calls on the Government to:

-  immediately establish an independent nursing homes inspectorate for all nursing homes (public, private and voluntary);

-  publish all inspection reports and make them available to residents of nursing homes and their families and to make them available and accessible to the public, free of charge, and on the Internet;

-  fully resource the nursing homes inspectorate with appropriate professionals such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, geriatricians, other relevant health personnel and building inspectors;

-  introduce uniform assessment criteria for all nursing homes; and

-  immediately introduce a National Strategy on Elder Abuse."

Liam Twomey, Enda Kenny, Richard Bruton, Bernard Allen, Pat Breen, Paul Connaughton, Simon Coveney, Seymour Crawford, John Deasy, Jimmy Deenihan, Bernard J. Durkan, Damien English, Olwyn Enright, Tom Hayes, Phil Hogan, Paul Kehoe, Padraic McCormack, Shane McEntee, Dinny McGinley, Paul McGrath, Gay Mitchell, Olivia Mitchell, Gerard Murphy, Denis Naughten, Dan Neville, Michael Noonan, Fergus O'Dowd, Jim O'Keeffe, John Perry, Michael Ring, David Stanton, Billy Timmins.


1.  To delete all words after "Dáil Éireann" and substitute the following:

"- notes the Government's commitment to ensuring that high quality care is made available to all patients in public, private and voluntary nursing homes;

-  welcomes its commitment to establish the Social Services Inspectorate on a statutory basis later this year and extend its work to public and private nursing homes;

-  welcomes the urgent review by the Department of Health and Children of the operation of the Nursing Homes Act 1990 and the Nursing Home Regulations 1993 to strengthen the powers available to the Health Service Executive (HSE);

-  welcomes the HSE's  provision of information to the general public on nursing homes;

-  welcomes the proposed implementation by the HSE of a common national approach to the inspection of nursing homes;

-  acknowledges the work of the HSE in developing responses to the issue of elder abuse;

-  commends its policy of supporting older people in their homes and communities in keeping with their stated wishes, and providing support to those who need residential care; and

-  acknowledges the significant investment made by the Government in the care of  older people at Ⓤ1,068 million in 2005." -  An Tánaiste agus an tAire Sláinte agus Leanaí.