Thursday, 3 October 2019

Questions (240)

Willie Penrose


240. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Health when the next stages of consultation will commence in the development of homecare regulations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40449/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In preparation for the development of the home care statutory scheme, the Department commissioned the Health Research Board to carry out a review of the home-care systems in four European countries. In addition, the Department conducted a public consultation on home-care services in 2017, on which a report was published in 2018. These reports are available on the Department’s website and will help to ensure that the new scheme is informed both by international experience and by the views of stakeholders, including service-users.

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.  Engagement with stake-holders is essential to the progress of this work and is ongoing throughout this process. 

I expect to be in a position to provide further details around the general terms of the proposed scheme in January 2020.