NHI welcomes key recommendations in Oireachtas Health Committee Report on End of Life & Palliative Care in Ireland

 

Nursing Homes Ireland today, 15th July, acknowledged publication of Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children Report on End of Life and Palliative Care in Ireland.

 

NHI welcomes the recommendations detailed in the report, including the key recommendation to develop a national strategy on palliative care, end of life care and bereavement.

 

Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO stated: “This important report can help inform and lead public debate surrounding care provision for persons dealing with palliative care, end-of-life care and bereavement.

 

NHI and our members particularly welcome the recommendations in respect of the nursing home sector, not least the recommendation of the consideration of an evidence-based cost of care model in assessing the real cost of nursing home care in Ireland.  Prior to and since inception of the Fair Deal scheme, NHI has consistently recommended such a model to support older persons care and those providing such care”.

 

NHI also welcomes the recommendation nurse prescribers in nursing homes be allowed routine access to prescription pads.  “This recommendation recognises the critical role of the nurse prescriber within the nursing home setting.”

 

NHI notes report recommendation that consideration be given to extending the Fair Deal scheme definition of long term residential care services, stating engagement with nursing homes and the resourcing of the scheme would have to be critical considerations in such regard. “Fair Deal must be resourced to meet significant growth in requirement for nursing home care and the recommended evidence-based cost of care model to support individuals care requirements would also be critical in such respect,” Mr Daly stated.  

 

As part of the Committee’s consultation process, NHI appeared before the Committee to advise re end of life care in nursing homes and also provided a detailed submission.

 

Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO, is available for further comment. Michael McGlynn, NHI Communications & Research Officer, can be contacted at (01) 4292570 or 087 9082970. 

 

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