Tuesday, September 17 12:01:42
The private and voluntary nursing home sector has the potential to create 10,000 sustainable jobs over the next decade with some help from the Government, its business group said today.
Nursing Homes Ireland's 2013 Pre Budget Submission said that the sector needs an appropriate framework to meet the growing requirement for long-term residential care.
It puts forward three actions that can provide the sector with a necessary immediate stimulus to enable it start expanding to meet demand. These are that, for a period of five years, the rate of VAT applied to the construction and associated costs of any new residential care project should not be applicable for VAT payment or marginally rated.
Planning contribution fees should be waived during an agreed time defined period on such development and operators of new builds should be afforded opportunity to agree in advance the Fair Deal rate for residents that will be supported within a new facility.
The submission outlines the significant contribution the sector makes towards the Exchequer and contribution of Residents supported by the Nursing Home Support Scheme (Fair Deal) to the State.
It points to the body of independent evidence that is outlining the considerable growth in requirement for nursing home care that is arising.
For every 100 new beds provided within the sector, 100-full time sustainable jobs are created, the submission states. It adds: "The challenges to ensure our older population can avail of the specialist care nursing homes provide are considerable. They cannot be ignored and must be addressed and embraced. Government, the Department of Health and policy stakeholders must develop a coherent policy framework to meet the significant growth in requirement. Doing so will bring considerable benefits to the health service, the national economy and the economies of local communities. The private and voluntary nursing home sector can, with the right conditions, meet the required expansion over the next decade and in doing so create thousands of jobs within the construction sector and up to 10,000 direct sustainable jobs within the healthcare sector."