Health & Children Committee backs Ó Caoláin call to halt home help and home care cuts
October 4, 2012
Sinn Féin Health spokesperson, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD today secured the unanimous backing of the Oireachtas Health & Children Committee for his motion calling on Health Minister James Reilly not to cut to home help and home care services.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
"The cuts to home helps and home care services announced at the end of August were an attack on older people and other vulnerable citizens who depend on these supports. This Government claims to be supporting people in their homes and in the community, in preference to expensive residential care, yet it stands over cuts to the services that allow people to remain at home. The Oireachtas Health & Children Committee, on my proposal, has called on Minister Reilly not to proceed with these cuts. The HSE and Health Minister Reilly should listen to the voices of the most vulnerable and reverse these cruel cuts."