A Fair Deal it seems will now end up costing more than originally planned according to the latest Performance Report from the HSE.
In May, there was a trend showing a marked increase in Private Nursing Home payments.
A total of €16.6 million was spent on this scheme in May bringing the then year to date figure to almost €50 million.
If this rise is spending continues, the Report states, the costs will be higher than originally planned.
The application process for ‘A Fair Deal’ is now being closely watched to determine the possible trends for the remainder of 2010 according to the HSE.
The Board will be advised should the limit of funding be reached, according to the Report.
A large number of Nursing Home beds are now being left vacant as clients move towards the Private Sector with the launch of this ‘Fair Deal’
The outcome of this is that HSE Local Health Offices may have their budgets reduced as funding moves over to the ‘Fair Deal’