Dáil Éireann - Volume 663 - 14 October, 2008
Written Answers. - Health Service Payments.
Deputy Deirdre Clune Deputy Deirdre Clune
Deputy Deirdre Clune asked the Minister for Health and Children when outstanding  payments, owed to nursing home operators since January 2008, of €6.5 million in enhanced payments of €5.5 million for contract beds will be awarded; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34442/08]
Deputy Máire Hoctor Deputy Máire Hoctor
Deputy Máire Hoctor: Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, the Department is advised by the HSE that it is currently working to distribute the funding referred to by the Deputy.
The HSE further advise that all private nursing home providers have been written to and advised of the revised arrangements and individual files are being reviewed at Local Health Office level. The calculations are quite substantial in respect of these individual cases and work will continue between now and the end of the year to make the necessary payments with appropriate arrears being paid where appropriate. Nursing Homes Ireland have also been advised of the position.
Dáil Éireann 663 Written Answers. Health Service Payments.