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Written Answers. - Care of the Elderly.

Tuesday, 26 November 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 1

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 350. Ms O. Mitchell Information on Olivia Mitchell Zoom on Olivia Mitchell  asked the Minister for Health and Children Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin  if the recent ruling by a British court that funding of community nursing homes in the absence of similar funding for private nursing homes was contrary to EU competition law, has implications for funding of private or public nursing homes here; his views on whether a similar finding would be made should a test case be taken here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23433/02]

Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Mr. Callely): Information on Ivor Callely Zoom on Ivor Callely I point out to the Deputy that the basis on which services for older people are funded varies significantly between the two countries. My Department, however, is studying the contents of the ruling to see what implications, if any, it might have for the funding of services here.

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