Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
The review was published two or three weeks ago and is on the Department of Health website. I share the Deputy's concern about the community-based services where the new tendering arrangement has proved challenging. We are midway through a complete overhaul of the homecare service. We have taken a great deal of consultation on it during which this issue has been raised often. It is something we are aware of while we are trying to devise the new arrangements and a new plan which I hope to publish early in 2020. That should give us a clear roadmap for a service somewhat similar to fair deal, guaranteed by statute and funded in full so that everyone who needs it will get it.