Once again the health service is trying to grapple with thousands of elderly patients who are languishing on waiting lists to access nursing homes. Some are stuck at home; others are living with their families and hundreds are in hospital beds.
Exactly the same problem occurred just after this government was elected in 2011.
Then, the cash-strapped Fair Deal nursing home scheme had more than 4,000 people on waiting lists. Funding had ground to a halt.
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