The head of the largest non-medical home care provider in Ireland has said it will take a major scandal in home care to push the Government to introduce regulations for the sector.
he home care sector is currently mainly unregulated. The health watchdog, Hiqa, has no remit to regulate or inspect the sector despite requesting several years ago that legislation for regulations be introduced.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Ed Murphy, the head of Home Instead Senior Care's Irish (HISC) operations, said: "It's going to take a major scandal in home care for someone to cry wolf and say we have to sort this out."
A spokesman for the Department of Health said the HSE has "a Complaints Procedure that is available to all service users. Complaints are monitored as an indicator of quality of care provided."
HISC, which was founded in the US by Paul Hogan, inset, has more than 20 branches and over 3,500 full and part-time staff in Ireland.
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