Moratorium on Primary Care staff must be lifted as patients cannot return home – Murphy

Published on: 25 April 2019

Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon-Galway Eugene Murphy has said the moratorium placed on staff recruitment in Primary Care, HSE Community Healthcare West has resulted in patients being restricted to care centres rather than returning home with adequate supports.

Deputy Murphy said, “I have been contacted by one distressed family in particular. Their relative wants to return home, is ready to return home, but requires nursing care in the home. Due to the moratorium placed on recruitment the nursing agencies identified cannot commence providing this service.

“An interim solution was found in which outdoor trips and visits are provided to this one individual. This pales in comparison to the benefits of living in your own home. We have a crisis in health care, with hospitals at capacity. Yet the government do not appear to be making any attempt to solve this crisis.

“The government should alter the rules regarding the moratorium in cases when it is causing people to remain in nursing units or hospitals for longer than they should,” concluded Deputy Murphy.

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