Fair Deal? HSE nursing homes in Waterford paid €566 more per resident per week than private operators
Nursing homes run by the Health Service Executive (HSE) are being paid 58%, or €556, more per resident than private and voluntary counterparts in the county, according to new figures.
That amounts to €1,522 per resident per week compared to €966 per resident in private homes under the Fair Deal scheme.
The figures were revealed by Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) when it compared the eight private and voluntary nursing homes operating in county Waterford to the two run by the HSE.
In January 2019, the differential was 57%, with the average for the two HSE nursing homes being €1,469 and €936 for the eight private and voluntary.
“As it stands, Fair Deal is leading to the closure of private and voluntary nursing homes and placing unsustainable cost pressures upon nursing home providers,” Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO, says.
“The State is effectively applying mass discrimination against older people supported by Fair Deal in private and voluntary nursing homes.
“The HSE is paying its nursing homes fees that are multiples those payable to private and voluntary counterparts.”