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Fair Deal cuts worry

AGE Action has this Wednesday called on the Minister for Health and the National Treatment Purchase Fund to urgently clarify what cuts are being made to payments to nursing homes under the Nursing Home Support Scheme, and if home owners are being encouraged by Fund officials to pass these cuts on to their nursing home residents. Correspondence publicised this week by the Irish Patients Association shows that the NTPF has offered one home a rate of  €1,050 per bed per week under the Fair Deal scheme – a cut of €60 per week.  The home owner claimed that the official involved in the negotiations suggested that the shortfall be passed on to residents by charging for social activities in the home. Age Action is extremely concerned by these claims, noting that nursing home residents on low incomes were already under severe financial pressure under the terms of the Fair Deal scheme.   It urged the Minister for Health to clarify the …

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