Unprecedented investment in Public Nursing Homes announced by Minister Kathleen Lynch

26 January 2016

Kathleen Lynch T.D., Minister for Social Care (Older People and Disabilities), Primary Care and Mental Health today announced one of the most comprehensive programmes of investment in public nursing home facilities in the history of the State.

The investment is planned for 90 centres across the country between now and 2021. This includes the replacement of 33 existing facilities and refurbishment / extension of 57 others. In addition this programme of investment will deliver 215 additional beds in centres being built or refurbished in locations identified as having particular capacity issues. The investment is made up of €148m in the current HSE capital plan and a further €237m capital made available under the government’s recently published multi-annual Capital Plan. In addition, the programme includes 10 facilities to a value of €150m for which public private partnerships (PPP) or alternative funding arrangements will be considered.

Minister Kathleen Lynch said “This very significant investment reflects our determination to maintain the current public nursing home bed stock. As a result of this investment, it is intended that all public nursing homes will be compliant with the environmental aspects of HIQA standards by 2021. The 90 facilities between them have 4,723 beds. Having visited very many of these 90 facilities I know that residents and their families attest to the excellence of the care received but the physical environment needs improvement. It is reassuring for those living in these homes, their families and communities throughout the country that the future of these public nursing homes has now been secured as a result of this investment.”

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