Wild fluctuations in numbers waiting for Fair Deal does not bode well for Winter – Butler
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Older People, Mary Butler TD, has expressed concern that the number of people who are waiting for placement under the Fair Deal scheme will rise sharply with the onset of Winter.
As of the 17th of September, 525 people were waiting, on September 30th this number stood at 686 – an increase of over 30%.
Deputy Butler said, „In just two weeks the numbers waiting for placement under the Fair Deal scheme shot up by over 160. This is an alarming escalation in a very short period of time, and points to serious issues within the system.
„I am fearful that this is a sign of things to come as Winter draws closer. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) have already said that September was the worst month of 2019 for trolley figures and this will have a knock-on effect on Fair Deal placement.
„We also learned that by the middle of September there were 745 patients who had not been discharged from hospitals despite being deemed medically fit. They had nowhere to go as there were no supports in place for them.
„It’s a vicious cycle and will continue unless and until the Minister takes a system wide approach in fixing it”, she concluded.
Mary Butler TD
Spokesperson on Older People