More than 2,100 waiting for place in nursing home
THERe are 2,114 mostly elderly people who are waiting for a nursing home place - more than double the number predicted last year.
They have been cleared for funding support under the Fair Deal scheme but the slow down in release of funding is causing delays.
Tadhg Daly, chief executive of Nursing Homes Ireland, said that older people were "already waiting months in acute hospitals unnecessarily arising from failure to adequately resource Fair Deal in 2014".
After this week's Budget announcement of no additional funding for the Fair Deal scheme in 2015, he said: "We will be looking at a six-month waiting period and maybe beyond for Fair Deal financial support approval in 2015. A special extra fund of €25m is being allocated to relieve the numbers of people in hospital who need to discharged but not all of this will go towards nursing homes."
Health Minister Leo Varadkar said the monies would go to those who use it more efficiently.