Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Ceisteanna (436)

John Brassil

Ceist:

436. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health the purpose the fair deal for homecare income will be used for; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25352/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The development of a new, standalone statutory scheme and system of regulation for home-support services is a key objective of the Government, which the Department of Health is currently progressing. This includes work to determine the optimal model for, and approach to the development of, the statutory scheme within the broader context of the Sláintecare reforms.

In preparation for the development of the 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, 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 development of a new statutory scheme and system of regulation for home-support services is a complex process and no final decisions have been taken, at this time, on the broader issue of the financing of the scheme and any possible income arising.