The fair deal funding model for nursing homes is totally inadequate.

That's the view of Sligo- Leitrim TD Marian Harkin.

The Independent Deputy says she has raised the issue with the Taoiseach and Tánaiste three times on the floor of the Dail.

In January of this year, the average fee payable under fair deal for HSE nursing homes was €1674 a week while in private and voluntary nursing homes the fee was €1047, a 600 euro difference.

HIQUA, the controller and Auditor General and even the department of Health have carried out reports and flagged that the Fair Deal Scheme is not fit for purpose in its current format.

Deputy Marian Harkin has been speaking to Midwest News....

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