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UnFair care Deal fuels bed blocks.

DELAYED discharge patients are taking up 430 beds in Dublin hospitals, forcing the bed blocker issue to crisis point.

Our exclusive analysis of FOI data has revealed 751 delayed discharge patients are taking up hospital beds around the country because there are no suitable nursing home places for them - and 57% are in the city's hospitals.

St James's is Ireland's top bed blocker blackspot with delayed discharge patients occupying 100 beds. Beaumont is next with 85, followed by the Mater Hospital with 69, Sty Vin Co B Vincent's with 56 and Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown with 53.

Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda is sixth on the list and the worst facility outside Dublin for bed blockers with 53 patients.

OurLady's Hospital in Navan has the highest Nproportion of long-term bed blockers with 86% in bed for longer than four weeks.

Long-term bed blockers make up 84 % of delayed discharge patients in St James's and St Vincent's, while 75% of bed blockers in Mercy University Hospital Cork have been there for more than four weeks.

Incredibly, 28% of bed blockers in St James's have been in for longer than five months.

Sinn Fein's health spokesman Caoimhghin O Caolain said: "The delayed discharges are linked directly to the overcrowding of hospitals resulting in some hospitals going off call and having all elective surgery cancelled.

"Fair Deal is broken, it needs urgent investment. It cannot function if capped as it is."

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Feb 22, 2015
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