33 people in Co Mayo are on the waiting list for the Fair Deal scheme, with 45 in Galway and 24 in Sligo / Leitrim.

The waiting list nationally has increased by 16% in just 3 weeks, according to the Irish Independent which claims a funding crisis is looming for the Fair Deal scheme, after the HSE failed to adequately budget for people living longer.

It's now likely the scheme will need a bailout from Government later in the year to deal with the growing backlog.

Figures obtained by Fianna Fail show that, in the 3-week period from 7th June to the end of that month, the number of people waiting for a placement increased from 729 to 846 and this upward trend is expected to continue.

The longest waiting list for Fair Deal is in Cork, and the shortest is in Roscommon






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