Stated costs of Q Visit date 27/06/2010
It has been reported that the security bill for Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland next year could cost the taxpayer more than €8m.
Then we have
Roads in Dublin city centre were closed to traffic from the weekend and for the duration of the visit as part of precautions to prevent trouble. All the places on the Queen’s itinerary, including the national horse stud in Kildare and Cork, have been placed under police guard. The Irish security operation is predicted to cost €30m
And this morning we have this:
No funds left for nursing home care scheme
THE FUNDING allocated for the running of the Fair Deal nursing home support scheme this year has run out already, it emerged yesterday.
At the end of April more than 22,000 older people were receiving financial support under the scheme and the money available for 2011 does not allow for any net increase in this figure.
This means no new applicants will be able to enter the scheme this year unless existing applicants die. This could significantly increase the number of acute hospital beds which will be blocked to new admissions, leading to longer trolley waits in emergency departments. At the end of February, 671 beds were occupied by delayeddischarge patients.
News of the suspension of the approval of new applicants for funding under the scheme was relayed to hospitals in recent days by the HSE. Noel Mulvihill, the HSE’s assistant national director of services for older people, advised in a letter that “until we have a clear position on future funding” no new applications for the scheme should be processed.
However, the HSE said last night applications would continue to be processed but they would be granted only if money becomes available to fund them.
The news is a major headache for Minister for Health James Reilly, whose predecessor Mary Harney introduced Fair Deal in October 2009. His spokesman said he became aware in recent days there was an issue over funding the scheme and held a number of meetings on it. He told the HSE to continue to accept applications for the scheme and had instructed officials to prepare proposals on how future applications to Fair Deal would be dealt with.
Dr Reilly’s spokesman said: “At this stage it seems that the funding difficulty may be due to a combination of a significantly greater than anticipated increase in net demand, increases in the cost of care and a number of other factors.”
The scheme, which replaced nursing home subventions, is designed to help pay for the care required by individuals entering public and private nursing homes.
It is budget-capped each year and provides for applicants to defer the cost of their care until after their death if they wish by putting a lien on the value of their home at a rate of 5 per cent per year for a maximum of three years. This could now be increased to raise revenue.
The HSE, in a statement, said it was working with the Department of Health to explore options to meet the increased demand within the resources available. It also said the cost of private nursing homes has increased by about 4 per cent this year.
It is unclear how the cost of funding the scheme could have been so grossly underestimated. One source said part of the problem was older people funded under the scheme were on average living longer than anticipated.
Age Action called on the Government to address the problem urgently. “This is a nightmare situation,” its spokesman Eamon Timmins said. Older people could now be forced to pay the full cost of care or take their place “on a waiting list until somebody currently occupying a nursing home bed under the scheme vacates that bed or dies”.
So it would appear that the Irish Government has no money to look after its own old folks but is prepared to spend at least 30,000,000; 00 on two old folks from England who happened to be members of one of the richest families in the world. Wining and dining these two rich old folk might or might not bring some more tourists to the country but with people dying on trolleys, our countries old, left to die without proper care after a lifetime of disappointment by our political codgers and champagne socialists. Mark my words no sooner will these two old folks leave the country when the same politicians now stuffing themselves and grovelling before the Queen of England will announce new measures “for the good of the country”( you understand) will have to make adjustments to the country’s finances that will result with you and me having to pay more taxes and pay more for ever diminishing public services.
Anglo Irish relations are important and we do need to encouraged them,and I can’t see any harm in these two old folk taking a few days to tour around, a once owned property of the family .
But friends do not take advantage of each other’s weakness and our “Friends” in England are not exactly showering us with favours with regards their portion of funds in the so called Irish National Bailout .It’s more like a bailout for themselves and we get to pay for it through the nose. Why not demonstrate this friendship by the debt forgiveness? after all we are in fact bailing their banks out by default! Friends like these we can do without! But true Friends we certainly do need.