Written Answers. - Cork Nursing Home.

Tuesday, 19 February 1991

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 405 No. 3

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  295.  Mr. Allen  Information on Bernard Allen  Zoom on Bernard Allen   asked the Minister for Health  Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon   the reason, in view of the shortage of beds for elderly people, he has limited the number of assisted beds in St. Mary's Nursing Home, Montennote, Cork.

Minister for Health (Dr. O'Hanlon): Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The adequacy of extended care provision for the elderly in care was not an issue in the case referred to by the Deputy. On 3 February 1990 the proprietor of St. Martin's nursing home, Montennote, Cork, sought to transfer the approval under section 54 of the Health Act, 1970, from St. Martin's to St. Mary's nursing home, Montennote, Cork, as the patients at St. Martin's were being transferred to St. Mary's. I agreed to the transfer of the approval in respect of 40 beds, this being the number of beds in St. Martin's.

Subsequently, the proprietors of St. Mary's sought an order of certiorari in the High Court against this decision. The High Court refused the relief sought and upheld my decision.

I am satisfied that the Southern Health Board have access to sufficient extended care beds for the elderly in Cork.

The Health (Nursing Homes) Act, 1990, updates the law on nursing homes. Under its provisions, a statutory duty will be placed on health boards to register nursing homes. The boards will also be enabled to subvent a person in need of care in a registered nursing home, following an assessment of the person's dependency and their means and circumstances. The Act, which will repeal section 54 of the Health Act, 1970, will be commenced later this year.


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