Sunday 21 January 2018

Dead residents could still be getting paid for

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

WEAKNESSES in the administration of the Fair Deal Scheme could have led to deceased nursing home residents still being paid for, a HSE audit found.

Auditors, who looked at a sample of random files examined at the office in Naas, Co Kildare, found one in four of the residents were over 90, and said local HSE managers must look at carrying out regular reviews of the oldest residents.

The total amount of money paid to nursing homes by the office between January and July 2011 was €49.5m.

There were wrong dates of birth in two files – the elderly residents were born in "2011".

This could affect the quality and accuracy of the data.

Some of the files did not contain a signature by the applicant or authorised person. The unit was not able to provide a report of all applications for the Fair Deal scheme since it started in 2010. It was only able to provide a list of 520 applications received between January 2011 and July 2011.

The auditors noted that the lack of availability of complete and timely management data could affect the planning and budgetary process.

Irish Independent

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