Can we afford the fair deal
The government’s Fair Deal nursing home scheme is in crisis again, and experts increasingly believe it is unsustainable
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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