Delays in Fair Deal allocations causing hardship for families – Sandra McLellan TD
At a meeting of the Oireachtas Health Committee yesterday Sinn Féin's Sandra McLellan TD yesterday raised the issue of family members having to raise funds and subsidise nursing home care for relatives as a result of delays in the Fair Deal allocation.
Speaking afterwards Deputy McLellan said;
“I pointed out to the Minister that families are being pushed to the pin of their collar when taking out loans to subsidise family members bridging the period between application for nursing home beds and their allocation of the Fair Deal scheme.
“The director general of the HSE has stated that the processing of the waiting list for the Fair Deal scheme could reach 18 to 20 weeks by the end of the year. This has changed from an original six weeks as of last year. It’s been noted that backlogs in the Fair Deal scheme which funds nursing home care, have been linked to increased numbers waiting on trolleys in hospitals.
“The €25 million extra provided for the scheme in the budget will run out at the end of this month. This is hugely worrisome. Already families are having to step in and try to raise funds to privately pay for a nursing home bed while waiting for the Fair Deal scheme to kick in. This is unfair totally unsustainable.”