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'Nursing homes are facing closure because of rising costs'

Dec 5, 2022 10:12 By News Northern Sound
'Nursing homes are facing closure because of rising costs' 'Nursing homes are facing closure because of rising costs'
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'Costs have risen by 35% whereas the weekly fee is rising by 11%'

There's a call on the Taoiseach to 'stem the tide of closures' in nursing homes. Operators across the country have written to Micheál Martin calling for more funding to tackle the cost crisis.

17 nursing homes have closed this year, due to a 73%  differential in spend between a Health Service Executive (HSE) nursing home resident and one in a private nursing home.

Nursing Homes Ireland Chief Executive, Tadhg Daly says they aren't getting enough money to meet rising costs. "The costs are rising exponentially. We have seen over the last number of years that costs have risen by 35% whereas the weekly fee is rising by 11%.

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"So, what we are seeing now is the viability of many nursing home is being threatened and many more are facing closure," he added.

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