Hospitals offered 1,000 beds
Private nursing homes have 1,000 vacant beds to provide step-down care for hospital patients and help ease overcrowding, a conference has been told.
Chief executive of Nursing Homes Ireland, Tadhg Daly, told the organisation's annual meeting that despite the vacancies there is no sign of engagement between the HSE and private nursing homes to avail of this service as the trolley crisis worsens.
"Nursing homes have the capacity and expertise to provide convalescent, rehabilitative and respite care removed from hospitals and in our communities. Yet here we are approaching into the winter period of high numbers of persons lying on trolleys within our hospital corridors and wards and engagement with the majority providers of long-term nursing care is absent," he said.
He made his comments as hospitals suffered their worst day of overcrowding yet this winter with 528 patients on trolleys waiting for a bed.