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Nine hospitals carrying debts of €500k because of funding delay

Medical Independent reveals that funding for scheme to purchase private nursing home beds has been delayed.

The Special Delivery Unit's aim was to take long-stay patients from hospitals and fund private places for them in nursing homes. Some hospitals, however, are still waiting for a refund from the SDU for the transfer (file photo).
The Special Delivery Unit's aim was to take long-stay patients from hospitals and fund private places for them in nursing homes. Some hospitals, however, are still waiting for a refund from the SDU for the transfer (file photo).
Image: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

FUNDING INTENDED TO help move long-stay patients who were waiting for Fair Deal approval from hospitals to nursing homes has been delayed.

According to Ailbhe Jordan’s exclusive in the Medical Independent today, this has left nine out of the 14 hospitals, who were promised funding by the Special Delivery Unit to make this happen, out of pocket to the tune of a total of half a million euro.

From documents obtained under Freedom of Information, she names those hospitals waiting for the refund from the SDU as Our Lady of Lourdes, Drogheda; Naas General Hospital; Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick; Connolly Hospital; Galway University Hospital; Mater Hospital; St James’s Hospital; St Vincent’s Hospital; Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.

Read what shortfall each hospital has been left with in Ailbhe Jordan’s article at MedicalIndependent.ie>

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