Health service reveals extent of bed blocking problem

Ireland Online, August 23, 2005

Over 400 patients are blocking hospital beds which could be used to treat seriously ill people in the eastern area of the country, it was confirmed today.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) said 420 patients had finished the acute phase of their treatment but were awaiting supports to leave the hospitals.

The latest figures from the HSE said 105 patients would be offered home care packages, nursing home care and other support services to free up space in the hospitals’ services shortly. ... Health