Written Answers. - Nursing Home Subventions.

Róisín Shortall

Question:

62 Ms Shortall asked the Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question No. 484 of 30 September 1998, the additional resources that he has allocated to each health board area for the purposes of increasing the number of nursing home subventions; and the number of extra subventions allocated as a result. [19900/98]

An additional sum of £6.73 million was allocated in 1997 to the health boards to meet the increasing demand for nursing home subvention towards the care of older people in nursing homes (increasing numbers of applicants and the higher level of dependency among applicants) together with the increase in cost associated with the amendment to the Nursing Home Regulations in July, 1996. This amendment included a provision which permitted health boards to pay a nursing home subvention above the maximum rate applicable to the level of dependency of the applicant.

The £6.73 million was allocated across the boards as follows:

£

Eastern Health Board

2.455

Midland Health Board

0.501

Mid-Western Health Board

0.663

North-Eastern Health Board

0.400

North-Western Health Board

0.520

South-Eastern Health Board

0.625

Southern Health Board

0.930

Western Health Board

0.631

The information requested by the Deputy in relation to the number of extra subventions allocated as a result of this allocation is being collated and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.