Minister for Dementias Care Shane Ross has slammed the plan to extend the life of people who have been in care for more than 18 months.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, he said it was an appalling plan.
It is going to be a long time for people to be in care and there is going be no way out of it, he added.
Minister for Care Shane N Ross said there were issues with the proposed scheme which he was concerned about.
Minister Shane Ross said he was very concerned about the plan and the fact that people will have to wait longer to get access to care.
Minister Ross said the government would be introducing legislation next week to give more support to those with serious mental health needs.
He said the scheme would provide more help to people with dementia and help them transition into employment.
Minister N Ross added that the government was committed to tackling the issue of dementia and he welcomed the decision by the Government of Northern Ireland to offer support to people who are in care.
‘A sad day for Ireland’ The Minister for Mental Health said the Government was determined to tackle the issue, but the current proposals would see people put in care in Ireland for more years than people currently do.
He added that his department was currently considering whether to extend people’s stay in care to as long as the Government wants.
Minister David Norris said that this was a sad day in Ireland.
He highlighted that the Government has already paid for care and rehabilitation for many people in care, but there were no plans to extend those services to people on a long-term basis.
Minister Norris said there was a need for people who can have a say in the decisions they make, and he was committed that the people who will need to make decisions about who will be in their care will be those with a right to vote in the upcoming general election.
Minister Dan Ahern said he believed that the Minister for Health was right to call for more information from the Irish government.
He also urged the Government to take action to ensure that people with severe mental illness are provided with the care and support they need.
He called for an urgent debate on the proposed changes.
‘It’s a matter of life and death’ The Demential Care Committee’s Chairwoman, Clare Fitzgerald, said she was disappointed with the Minister’s comments.
“I am concerned that we are not taking seriously the recommendation from the Dementiae Care Committee to provide support to more people with serious conditions, but not in the manner that we would expect, for example, for people with autism,” she said.
“It is a matter, it’s a sad, tragic day for the country and for the people of Ireland.”
Minister for Social Protection Paschal Donohoe said the Minister had no choice but to make the announcement.
“He must realise that we have a serious issue with the way that people in this country are treated in care,” he said.
Minister Paschal Donovan said he had been concerned about a proposal to extend care beyond the six months that was in place in May.
“As an individual I am deeply concerned about this.
I would like to see that extended beyond that period of six months,” he told RTÉ News.
“We want to make sure that people who need care can get it and not just on a temporary basis.”
Minister Donoho said that the extension of care would be a matter for the Government.
“The Government will take the position that people need care in this way for as long a period of time as it wants,” he added, adding that it would be an area where the Government would take the view of the Minister of Health.
Minister Dono said the Department would work with the Department of Health to ensure the proposals were effective.
“My hope is that the proposals will provide a more effective solution to the problem of people in dementia,” he concluded.
Minister Dominic Hannigan said that a new system would be introduced.
“This is an important first step, but it’s an important step that needs to be taken.
This is a first step.
We need to move on to a new approach,” he noted.
‘We need to take the decisions’ The Government will hold an open consultation on the proposals on Monday morning.
The consultation will include comments from both sides of the argument, with people from both camps having the opportunity to submit their views.