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Crowe urges speedy repayment of nursing home charges

14 July, 2005


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social and Family Affairs Seán Crowe TD has urged
the  Government  to  prioritise  legislation  required for the repayment of
illegal  nursing  home  charges  when the Dáil returns in September. Deputy
Crowe said it is a “shame” the Government had not shown the same urgency to
repay  those illegally charged as it did in producing emergency legislation
for nursing home charges to come back into effect.

Speaking  today  as the nursing home charges came back into effect he said,
“The  Government moved swiftly to produce emergency legislation and rush it
through  the house to ensure that those inpatients receiving long-stay care
who  can be charged following the Supreme Court judgment will be charged as
soon  as  possible.  It  is a shame that there was no similar rush to repay
those unlawfully charged over a period of many years.

“It  is now extremely unlikely that legislation providing for the repayment
of  these  charges  will  be  passed  before the Autumn and that any actual
repayments to families will be made before the end of the year.

“I have come across many people in my constituency who are effected by this
and  there still seems to be widespread confusion out there in terms of how
people actually go about claiming what they are legally entitled to.

“There  is  a  responsibility  on  the  Government to publicly clear up any
confusion.  They  need to prioritise legislation required for the repayment
of  illegal  nursing  home  charges  when  the  Dáil  returns in September.
Repayments  should  be  made  as  swiftly  as  possible  and with the least
possible stress for the people involved.” ENDS

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