Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Public Accounts Committee

Financial Statement 2020 and Related Matters: HSE (Resumed)

9:30 am

Photo of Colm BurkeColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

Could we have a reason for the substantial increase in funding and how that funding was allocated during that period? Those are the figures I have. I know the witnesses may not be able to give that to me now but they might give it to me subsequently in writing.

I want to move on to deal with the issue in regard to the value for money report in regard to nursing homes. We have been waiting nearly three years for this report. Why can this report not be laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas? Where are we with it now? In regard to the whole nursing homes issue, additional funding was provided under TAPS, the temporary assistance payment scheme. What allocation went to the public nursing homes as opposed to the private nursing homes? For example, under the fair deal scheme, €768 million is going to the private nursing homes and €356 million to the public nursing homes. Additional moneys were provided during Covid. What element of that went to the public nursing homes and what element went to the private nursing homes? Could we have a breakdown of those figures?


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