Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, and Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly, TD, recently announced a public consultation process on home care services. This process will help inform the development of a new statutory scheme and system of regulation for home care services in Ireland. Details can be found here: http://health.gov.ie/blog/press-release/ministers-harris-and-daly-announce-opening-of-a-public-consultation-on-home-care-services/
The consultation paper is particularly aimed at people who use home care services, their families and the general public. However, everyone with an interest including health and social care providers; health and social care workers; advocacy groups; those providing complementary services (such as meals-on-wheels and social activities); and representative organisations is welcome to participate.
If you would like to contribute to this public consultation process you will find the consultation paper online at http://health.gov.ie/consultations
The closing date for submissions is 31 August 2017. It is important to have your say!
This consultation paper is the start of a broader consultation process on home care. The Department will also be consulting by:
- Meeting with individuals and groups to find out directly what they think;
- Meeting with home care service provider organisations and other organisations that represent people who use home care services so they have the opportunity to put forward their views; and
- Asking everyone with an interest in home care services what they think of the plans when they are developed.
A report of the findings of the consultation process will be published.