Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (850)

Marian Harkin

Question:

850. Deputy Marian Harkin asked the Minister for Health the progress made following the review in 2017 of the working group to discuss and review the 1993 boarding out regulations; the plans in place to change and update these regulations; his plans to change and update the financial arrangements with the small number of providers involved which have been in existence for the past 27 years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6970/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

According to the Health Service Executive there are 17 boarding out facilities across 3 of the Community Health Organisations (CHO); CHO 1, CHO2 and CHO8.

The last year has been a very challenging year for the health system, and the response to the current pandemic, has highlighted the importance of the need to support people, including our older people, to access the right care, in the right place, at the right time. The Boarding Out Scheme will be examined in due course in the context of consideration of the overall reform of older persons services.