A €74M package to tackle delayed discharges is hoped to go someway towards cutting down the overcrowding at Letterkenny General Hospital.
The move has been welcomed by Minister of State Joe McHugh TD.
The €74 million initiative is now being implemented to tackle delayed discharges and Emergency Department overcrowding.
Minister McHugh said “Overcrowding in our hospitals is a major problem and the number of people on trollies is far too high. I welcome the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, taking action through the Emergency Department Task Force and that the HSE is now implementing measures to provide more nursing home placements. This should help to free up acute hospital beds and make more community, convalesce and district hospital beds available.”
Based on the Task Force’s Action Plan €44 million will be allocated to the Nursing Homes Support Scheme, which will provide an additional 1,600 places and reduce the waiting time for approved applicants from 11 weeks now to the previous norm of 4 week for the rest of the year.
“Yesterday 200 places were released with formal letters of approval issuing from the nursing home offices. Phone calls will be made today for the next 200, with formal letters following once the nursing home of choice is agreed. The remaining 500 people will have formal letters of approval issued before next weekend,” he added.
He admitted that overcrowding at Letterkenny General was a serious issue.
“Overcrowding in Letterkenny General hospital has been a serious issue since the new year, as it has been right across the country. €30 million will cover the cost of additional transitional care beds until June and additional community, convalescence and district hospital beds on a permanent basis, both of which facilitate more rapid discharge from hospital.
“The temporary transitional beds currently in use to address overcrowding will be replaced by sustainable, more cost-effective beds under the Fair Deal scheme.”Tags: