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Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) has slammed the government’s decision to cut funding support as ‘deplorable’.

Writing to the HSE, NHI CEO Tadhg Daly said the decision to end the temporary assistance payment scheme (TAPS) at the end of June was “hugely concerning”, the Irish Times reported.

The standard assistance payment element of the scheme ended on 1 July with the outbreak assistance element of the scheme was extended until the end of the year, or until sanctioned funding for 2021 is exhausted.

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NHI represents over 400 private and voluntary nursing homes, which have suffered 62% of Ireland’s 3,509 COVID-19 deaths.

The NHI is calling for the full reintroduction of funding support as cases once again rise.

In a letter to HSE CEO Paul Reid, Mr Daly said “the scheme has fulfilled an integral role in contributing to the additional costs and supporting implementation of intensified infection prevention control measures within private and voluntary nursing homes”.

Nursing homes “cannot countenance why the decision has been taken to withdraw the scheme minus any replacement”, Mr Daly added.

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