Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Department of Health
The safety and protection of all those who may be at risk of harm or abuse is an important priority for the Government. I understand the report referred to by the Deputy was published last week on 8 October. It considers the funding model for health and social care, including the Nursing Homes Support Scheme, as well as wider issues of importance to older people, such as financial abuse. Reports such as these are important in contributing towards the debate in these and other policy areas that are of national and inter-sectoral interest.
While the report’s scope is not confined to the policy functions of this Department, its contents will inform the considerations for the ongoing policy and legislative work that we are undertaking in Older Persons Services.