Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Questions (589)

Dara Calleary


589. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health his plans for establishing a commission on care as per the commitment in the Programme for Government; the process and timeline involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43265/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In June 2020, the Programme for Government, mindful of the particular impact of COVID-19 on older people, especially those who live on their own and people living in nursing homes, set out a commitment to establish a commission to examine care for older people.    

While preliminary scoping work on the establishment of a commission on care has commenced in the Department of Health, the ongoing priority focus in 2021 is ensuring the continued implementation of the recommendations of the COVID-19 Nursing Homes Expert Panel. Many of the short and medium term recommendations have already been implemented.