Thursday 18 July 2019

Nursing homes concerns

Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has called on the Tánaiste, Minister Simon Coveney, to address ongoing issues in private nursing homes, where residents are being forced to pay for therapies that they are entitled to free of charge as medical card holders.

"These elderly citizens are holders of full medical cards, and are therefore entitled to basics like wound management dressings, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy free of charge. I am aware of many private nursing homes charging residents for these services."

"This is despite the fact that under the Nursing Homes Act 1990, as amended by Section 16.1 of Statutory Instrument 227/1993, medical card holders are entitled to these therapies and services free of charge, in the same way that their counterparts living in the community are,' she stated.

The Tánaiste responded that this may be a "contractual and management issue" for the nursing homes, and, even more shockingly, and will have to follow up.

Drogheda Independent