Crowe urges speedy repayment of nursing home charges
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