Wednesday, 29 September 2004

Questions (679)

Michael Ring

Question:

858 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children the subventions which were paid by the Western Health Board in the past year; the amounts paid to each nursing home in County Mayo, both public and private; the names and addresses of the nursing homes; and the number of subvention applications which are still pending. [22032/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

The information requested by the Deputy in relation to amounts paid to private nursing homes is, I understand from the Western Health Board, commercially sensitive and the board is not willing to release it into the public domain.

As the responsibility of running the scheme in County Mayo rests with the Western Health Board, my Department requested the information on the amount of subventions in the past year and the number of applications outstanding. My Department has been informed by the Western Health Board that in the past year the cost of the nursing home subvention scheme is €15,027,612. The number of people in receipt of subvention in the board's area over the past year is as follows:

Number

August 2003

1,237

September 2003

1,277

Octobter 2003

1,272

November 2003

1,266

December 2003

1,292

January 2004

1,293

February 2004

1,310

March 2004

1,330

April 2004

1,324

May 2004

1,321

June 2004

1,348

July 2004

1,361

Currently, there are 190 applications pending for subvention.