Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Questions (227)

John Paul Phelan

Question:

227. Deputy John Paul Phelan asked the Minister for Health in relation to the suspension of funding for the national home support scheme, when same will be resumed in the Kilkenny/Carlow area where elderly persons currently being cared for in St. Luke's Hospital are awaiting funding in order to take up places in nursing homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21729/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE is responsible for the operation and administration of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme. The HSE temporarily suspended the chronological operation of the placement list in order to alleviate pressures in Emergency Departments in the hospitals most affected with the highest number of delayed discharges. The HSE will re-commence the operation of the chronological placement list with effect from 9th May, 2013.