NHI Statement re Hospital Overcrowding


NHI writes to Minister Harris to inform of high level of bed availability and nursing homes being part of the solution


Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) has today, 12th March, written to the Minister for Health Simon Harris and the HSE to inform of bed availability within nursing homes to alleviate overcrowding within our acute hospitals. A snapshot survey undertaken last week by NHI of private and voluntary nursing homes informed of 537 beds being available within 114 nursing homes to provide short- or long-stay care. 69% of the survey respondents had bed availability, with 166 responding. This snapshot survey represents circa 25% of private and voluntary nursing homes. Therefore, the actual numbers of beds available is likely to be far higher.


Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO, said: “We are committed to engaging proactively with the Minister, the HSE and the Emergency Department Taskforce to ensure our acute hospitals are supported in ensuring persons requiring short- or long-stay residential care are discharged back into the community in a timely manner. The HSE’s own figures inform on a consistent basis around two-thirds of the persons awaiting discharge from our hospitals are awaiting long-term residential care. Ensuring beds are identified within nursing homes and the transition is facilitated in a timely manner will alleviate pressures upon our hospitals. Nursing home beds are available across the country and it is essential our health services work together for the betterment of patients within our hospitals and to support healthcare delivery.”  


Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO, is available for further comment. Contact Michael McGlynn, NHI Communications & Research Executive at 01 4699806 or 087 9082970.    



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