Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin T.D., signs Order to extend the remit of the Ombudsman to private nursing homes in receipt of State support or subvention

Issued 25 June 2015

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin T.D., has today (25 June 2015) signed an Order to extend the remit of the Ombudsman to include private nursing homes whose residents are in receipt of State support or subvention. The Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar T.D., has consented to the making of the Order.

Speaking today, Minister Howlin said:

“I am extending the remit of the Ombudsman to private nursing homes in receipt of State funding. This will ensure that, for the first time, residents in private nursing homes will have an avenue for individual complaints to be independently investigated. This will afford greater accountability and assurance to over 22,300 patients of these nursing homes and to their families.

Notes to Editor

The Order will come in to operation on the 24 August 2015. This will allow time for private nursing homes to put in place any necessary systems and procedures. 

While the quality of the care provided by private nursing homes comes under the auspices of the Health Information and Quality Authority, it does not have the legal power to investigate complaints about the individual care of patients.