Susan Deacon's original proposals:

a pilot project to develop a single needs assessment for each individual, rather than separate ones for nursing and personal care, by 2002;

development of proposals for extending free care and for reducing costs for a greater number of people who are not exempt from charges;

thorough examination of the substantial public sector resources allocated to older people's care;

introduction of a long-term care bill later this year;

establishment of a development group on long-term care chaired by Malcolm Chisholm, deputy minister for health and community care, due to report by August 2001 to look at these proposals and 'cross-border issues'.

Tom McCabe's compromise: 'I can assure the Parliament that the Executive will bring forward, as soon as practicable after consideration of the development group's report in August 2001, proposals for the implementation of free personal care for all, along with an analysis of the costs and implications of doing so. '