McDonald calls on HIQA Executives and Chair to return to PAC next week
Sinn Féin Public Accounts Committee member Mary Lou McDonald TD today secured the agreement of committee members to recall HIQA, the authority’s Chairperson Brian McEnery and the CEO of Nursing Homes Ireland to address significant governance issues relating to nursing home fees.
The Sinn Féin Deputy Leader said:
“During HIQA’s attendance at the PAC two weeks ago, I raised specific questions regarding conflicts of interest and nursing home fees. In both instances, I was assured by HIQA that no such issues arose.
“However, alarming matters were raised in media reports last weekend that have added to my ongoing concerns regarding nursing homes fees and governance matters.
“As a result, I wrote to the Clerk and Chair of the Public Accounts Committee requesting that HIQA’s Chairperson Brian McEnery and the authority’s Executives return to the committee to address these very serious concerns.
“Today, I secured the agreement of the committee members that HIQA and its Chairperson be called back to the committee next week. It was also agreed that the Chief Executive of Nursing Homes Ireland be requested to attend.
“I urge the authority, its Chairperson, and the CEO of Nursing Homes Ireland to adhere to this request to and come before the committee next week.
“Elderly people and their families reliant on nursing home care deserve a system that is fair and transparent.”