The Sláintecare Implementation Strategy commits to the introduction of the statutory scheme in 2021. As part of this, work is on-going to determine the optimal approach to the development of the statutory scheme within the broader context of the Sláintecare reforms and in 2019 work is focusing on the design of the scheme, the options for regulation, and a review of existing services.
As part of this in recent months, the Department of Health has commissioned a review of the management, operation and funding of existing home-support service-provision. This will significantly enhance the evidence-base for the development of the statutory scheme and ensure that it builds on emerging good practice within Ireland.
I expect to be in a position to provide further details around the general terms of the proposed scheme in January 2020.