Balancing fairness and sustainability remains a challenge for long-term care policy

  • Republic of Ireland

24th February 2015,


Reports & Presentations

On Friday, 13 February 2015, Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch announced that the Fair Deal scheme in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) would require an additional €30 million each year to avoid waiting lists of longer than 8 weeks.The announcement was made at a time when overcrowding in A&Es in ROI and throughout the UK had reached exceptionally high levels. Much of the overcrowding was caused by older people who needed nursing home care not being able to access it in order to be discharged from hospital.

With a review of the scheme due to be presented to the ROI Department of Health in the coming weeks, it has never been more important to ensure that the Fair Deal is fit for purpose and is working to meet the increasing demand for long-term care among older adults. In this CARDI Blog, Policy Officer Conor Breen takes a look at the scheme and how it fits into the context of a growing number of older people needing long-term care.