Thursday, 4 March 2021

Ceisteanna (261, 262)

John Lahart

Ceist:

261. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Health the number of delayed discharges in each public and voluntary hospital at the end of February 2021; and the number to date in 2021, in tabular form. [12431/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

John Lahart

Ceist:

262. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Health the number of bed days lost in each public and voluntary hospital owing to delayed discharges in January and February 2021, in tabular form. [12432/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 261 and 262 together.

A delayed transfer of care occurs when a patient has been deemed clinically fit for discharge from an acute bed but their discharge is delayed because they are waiting for some form of ongoing support or care following their discharge. There are many reasons for this, such as a patient undertaking the application process for NHSS, awaiting assessment for a home support package, homelessness, ward of court application, and the availability of other health care or social care resources.

With regard to the Deputy's specific questions on the numbers of patients with delayed transfers of care and the associated numbers of bed days lost, in each public and voluntary hospital, I have asked the HSE to respond directly with the requested information.

Question No. 262 answered with Question No. 261.