Care in pub­lic nurs­ing homes costs State more

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By MARIA PEP­PER

HSE nurs­ing homes in Wex­ford are paid 72% more by the State for the care of their res­i­dents than pri­vate and vol­un­tary homes op­er­at­ing in the county. THE dis­crep­ancy is re­vealed in new fig­ures pub­lished re­cently by the HSE on the fees payable to nurs­ing homes un­der the Fair Deal Scheme with the Na­tional Treat­ment Pur­chase Scheme act­ing on be­half of the Gov­ern­ment.

The av­er­age fee payable to HSE nurs­ing homes in County Wex­ford is €1,477 per week up to Fe­bru­ary of this year while the av­er­age amount payable per res­i­dent to the county’s 13 pri­vate and vol­un­tary nurs­ing homes is €858 per week.

This is a 72% dif­fer­ence in the av­er­age fees payable in re­spect of res­i­dents be­tween HSE nurs­ing homes and their pri­vate and vol­un­tary coun­ter­parts in the county and it com­pa5res to an av­er­age 60% dif­fer­en­tial na­tion­ally.

The fol­low­ing is a list of the weekly fees paid for in­di­vid­ual res­i­dents in pri­vate and vol­un­tary nurs­ing homes in County Wex­ford: Wy­gram Nurs­ing Home Davitt Road Wex­ford town €895; Knoc­k­een €895; Ros Aoib­hinn, Ir­ish Street, Bun­clody €800; Cas­tle Gar­dens, Drum­goold, En­nis­cor­thy €845; Moyne Nurs­ing Home, En­nis­cor­thy €800; Mozbrett Ltd (Law­son House) Knock­rathkyle, Glen­brien, En­nis­cor­thy €830; Mid­dle­town , Ar­damine Cour­town Har­bour €895; Oak­field Nurs­ing & Re­tire­ment Home Cour­town €895;Valen­tia Nurs­ing Home, Camolin €820; Cher­ry­grove Nurs­ing Home, Pri­esthag­gard, Campile €840; Mill­house Care Cen­tre, New­town Com­mons, New Ross €890; New Ross Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal, Hospi­tal Road €830; Ker­logue Nurs­ing Home Ker­logue €925.

The fees paid to HSE nurs­ing homes are as fol­lows: New Houghton Hospi­tal, New Ross, €1442 and St. John’s Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal En­nis­cor­thy/ Abbey­gale House in Farnogue Com­mu­nity Nurs­ing Unit, Wex­ford €1511.

Pri­vate and vol­un­tary nurs­ing homes are re­quired to ne­go­ti­ate the fees payable to them un­der the Fair Deal Scheme while the fees payable to HSE nurs­ing homes are not sub­ject to ne­go­ti­a­tion or over­sight, with the HSE be­ing the bud­get holder and payee, ac­cord­ing to Nurs­ing Homes Ire­land.

Over the 16-month pe­riod since the HSE fees were last pub­lished, the amounts payable within HSE nurs­ing homes in­creased by an av­er­age 11% while dur­ing the same time frame, the av­er­age fees in pri­vate and vol­un­tary nurs­ing homes in­creased by 3.9%.

In 2016, the av­er­age fee dif­fer­en­tial be­tween HSE and pri­vate/vol­un­tary nurs­ing homes was 53% and the gap has grown over the 16 months.

Nurs­ing Homes Ire­land CEO Tadhg Daly said the lat­est HSE fig­ures high­light the ‘glar­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion per­pet­u­ated by the State in nurs­ing home care’.

‘It is un­ac­cept­able that pri­vate and vol­un­tary nurs­ing homes which are the lead providers of nurs­ing home care, are forced to pro­vide care for fees that are a frac­tion of those pay­ble to HSE coun­ter­parts’, he said.

The dis­crep­ancy can­not con­tinue to be jus­ti­fied by the State which con­tin­ues to turn a blind eye to the huge chasm that ex­ists na­tion­ally and within in­di­vid­ual coun­ties’, said Mr. Daly who called on the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee to ful­fill a com­mit­ment to in­ves­ti­gate the cost of care in HSE nurs­ing homes. ‘It is im­per­a­tive that the Gov­ern­ment fi­nally pub­lishes the re­view of the Fair Deal pric­ing mech­a­nism that was sched­uled for com­ple­tion and pub­li­ca­tion in June 2017. The CEO said pri­vate and vol­un­tary nurs­ing homes pro­vide high de­pen­dency care but their sus­tain­abil­ity is threat­ened by the State’s fail­ure to recog­nise the true cost of nurs­ing home care and the Fair Deal’s non-recog­ni­tion of the re­al­ity of cost.

The fee payable per res­i­dent per week is €1,511 at St. John’s.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.