Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (632)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

632. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Health the amount of the temporary assistance payment scheme that has been drawn down to date; the geographical distribution of the funding; the number of nursing homes that have received funding; and the number of private versus public nursing homes that have received funds. [2773/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Temporary Assistance Payment Scheme (TAPS) for nursing homes was established in April 2020 to provide financial assistance to contribute towards the costs incurred by private nursing homes in acting to suppress and manage COVID-19. The Government made up to €92.5m available under TAPS in 2020. A further €42m has also been made available for 2021 under the extension of the Scheme until the end of June. As of 8 January 2021, the HSE reported to the Department that €62.1m had been paid out under TAPS.

As your specific questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for your correspondence to be referred to the HSE for consideration and direct reply to you.