Nursing Homes Ireland statement re hospital overcrowding

 

28th November 2018: Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO states: “We are entering into December, against a backdrop of the worst year on record for overcrowding, and there has been zero engagement with the nursing home sector with regard to discharge planning by the Minister for Health or his Emergency Department Taskforce.  We will continue to be faced with perennial overcrowding within our acute hospitals due to his disjointed approach.  Last week the Department of Health published a report which pointed to fundamental issues in the discharge of patients from acute hospitals back into the community. It showed a lack of appropriate communication, engagement and financial support for patients resulting in extended, unnecessary stays within our acute hospitals. Last year we lost over 191,000 bed days within our hospitals through delayed discharges and around 60% of these were arising due to delays in transferring to long-term nursing care.  Private and voluntary nursing homes will facilitate the discharge of approximately 10,000 patients from acute hospitals back into the community this year. We have an imperative role to fulfil in improving the discharge process but the voice of these specialist healthcare providers within our communities goes unheeded. Disregarding the voice of hundreds of nursing homes within our communities is a disservice to patients and families.”

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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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