Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Ceisteanna (146)

Bobby Aylward

Ceist:

146. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Health his views on media reports that there is a lack of appropriate regulation applied to the role of health care support assistants; if the structures and practices surrounding core issues will be examined (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10237/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Department is currently engaged in a detailed process to develop plans for a new statutory scheme and system of regulation for home care services. The statutory scheme for home care will introduce clear rules in relation to the services for which individuals are eligible and in relation to service-allocation. The system of regulation for home care will help to ensure that the public can be confident that the services provided are of a high standard.

As the issues of continuity of care on the rosters, appropriate time afforded to fulfil duties required, a maximum cap being applied to rosters and travel time included on rosters are a  service matters I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.