Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Health
653. To ask the Minister for Health if he will examine the funding required by the board of a nursing home (details supplied) to remain open and to comply with all statutory requirements; and if the HSE has considered funding requests from the board of the home. [11229/20]
654. To ask the Minister for Health if he will examine the possibility of taking a nursing home (details supplied) into the control of the HSE in order to ensure the home continues to provide care for a vulnerable cohort of residents; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11230/20]
655. To ask the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a home (details supplied) is one of the few residential care homes in the Dublin area which managed to ensure no residents fell victim to Covid-19 and that many residents there are long-term with specific needs in relation to visual impairment; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that HIQA reports quoted in recent media reports found issues only regarding governance matters and not in terms of the quality and standard of residential care; and his plans to ensure that the dedicated staff and environment at the centre are allowed to continue to provide the high levels of services for the elderly by examining the HSE funding of the centre and providing additional funds if necessary. [11231/20]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 652 to 655, inclusive, together.
I thank the Deputy for bringing this centre to my attention. It is reassuring to note that the provider has been successful in ensuring that no residents have contracted Covid-19.
However, this is an independent facility, run by a Board of Management and as such its future is a matter for the provider in the first instance. I understand that the HSE has engaged with the Board over the last year and this engagement is continuing.