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Lack of funding for delayed discharges for people with disabilities a disgrace - David Cullinane TD

7 September, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Fein TD for Waterford Deputy David Cullinane has reacted with anger and dismay that adults with a disability who are in acute hospitals for long time periods and are in need of a package of care in purpose built settings are not getting the care that they need due to a lack of funding.

Speaking today Deputy Cullinane said:

"It is absolutely and completely unacceptable that adults with a disability and in need of enhanced care are not getting the support they need due to a lack of funding. I am working with one family whose loved one is in hospital since December of last year and is waiting to be discharged to a purpose built home to have her range of needs met.

"The management and staff at University Hospital Waterford have made representations to the HSE to have the patient relocated to the appropriate setting. They have not been successful and the person remains at UHW. She has been there since Christmas of last year.

"I received the following reply from the HSE:

'The patient concerned is one of nine complex delayed discharges from a disability perspective requiring large packages of care totalling an estimated €2.7m. The assessed package of care for the individual involved is €252,000 per year. There is no ability within our current allocation to fund these packages. It is acknowledged this is not ideal for this patient and her family'

"To state that this is not ideal is an understatement. These adults are in need of a comprehensive  package of care and are being denied due to a lack of funding. It is a disgrace. This is no way to treat citizens in a Republic. I have today written to the HSE Director General and the Minister for Health outlining my disgust." ENDS

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