‘Bed-blocking’ siege to end
In coming weeks, the problem of badly-needed hospital beds being occupied by patients waiting to go into nursing homes should begin to end, once and for all
By October, almost two years behind schedule, the so called Fair Deal scheme, aimed at revolutionising the system of long-term nursing home care for dependent elderly people, will finally begin. Health minister Mary Harney is likely to sign a commencement order for Fair Deal in the coming weeks.
When it was announced in December 2006, she said the scheme would begin operating on January 1, 2008.
The scheme proposes paying nursing home fees from 80 per cent of...
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