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Doherty leads delegation of Donegal Home Help workers to meeting with HSE

4 August, 2009 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has this morning led a delegation of home help workers to meet with local HSE manager John Hayes to highlight to him the effect of the cut to home help hours in the county. Speaking after the meeting Senator Doherty said the Government must intervene so that the HSE can restore home help support services in the county.

Senator Doherty said, “This morning we had a productive meeting. This is the first time we have had the opportunity to outline to the HSE the impact of the decision to cut home help hours in Donegal on both the workers and the elderly people who depend on their support.

“There is huge anger at the decision to cut this crucial support service at a time when the Government is pumping billions into the banking sector. We recognise that the HSE’s hands are tied by the Government’s insistence that they stay within in budget but the needs of the elderly people here in Donegal do not recognise Government budgets.

“It is a sorry state of affairs and an indictment of this Government that the people who led us into this economic recession continue to be rewarded while our elderly people are treated so terribly.

“The Government must intervene and ensure that the HSE restore home help support services to their necessary levels. The extra 27,000 required hours should be incorporated into the HSE’s home help budget for County Donegal.” ENDS

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