Jim Daly

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The suicide rate has fallen to its lowest level this century, though an unknown number of cases go unreported, according to a new report. Provisional(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Jim Daly: while managers have to be mindful of budgets, any deviation from the four-week limit for accessing the Fair Deal scheme cannot be tolerated. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

By mid-May of this year, alarm bells were ringing at the top of the health service about the escalating cost of the Fair Deal nursing home support sch(...)

Fair Deal: Jim Daly, Minister of State with responsibilty for older people, has told the Department of Health extra funding needs to come from the Department of Public Expenditure in order to ensure the four-week wait-time target is met.

The Government may have to provide a €17 million bailout for Fair Deal to avert growing delays in accessing the scheme for funding nursing home places(...)

The highest number of bed days lost was in St James’s Hospital at 12,333 – more than 2,000 every month. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nearly 110,000 hospital bed days have been lost because of delayed discharges in the first six months of this year, new figures show. The Health Ser(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar insisted earlier this year that the funding for the Fair Deal scheme had not run out. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

The number of people waiting for a nursing home place under the State’s Fair Deal scheme has jumped by a sixth in just three weeks, according to figur(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: ‘It’s important that as well as education and healthcare that we have a more comprehensive mental health service within our prison system.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Ireland can do “much more” to address the problem of severely mentally ill people being kept in prison, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said(...)


For decades, prison chaplains issued official reports complaining the system was being used as “a dumping ground” for individuals with psychiatric ill(...)

The largest number of patient delays occurred at St James’s Hospital in Dublin, above,  with 59 followed by the Mater where 52 patients stayed in hospital longer than necessary. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Almost 600 patients were delayed in being discharged from public and voluntary hospitals in June, resulting in the loss of close to 19,000 bed days, a(...)

A patient at the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin was locked in seclusion for more than 71 days in 2018, according to the Mental Health Commission’s annual report. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A patient at the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin was locked away in seclusion for more than 71 days last year, according to the Mental Health Commis(...)

Demand for home support services, or home help as it used to be known, has been growing rapidly as the population ages.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The cost of keeping elderly people in their own homes and away from acute hospitals and long-term nursing home care is being gradually shifted to the (...)

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