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A million home help hours removed under Reilly’s watch: Ó Caoláin

16 October, 2012 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

A million home help hours removed under Reilly’s watch: Ó Caoláin

Sinn Féin spokesman on health and children, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, tonight proposed a motion in the Dáil to reverse the €8 million cuts to home help hours and up to €1.7million in cuts to home care packages.

Speaking in the Dáil he said:
“Having a home help for a couple of hours daily to provide social interaction, practical help and real support is invaluable to the beneficiary. They facilitate older and infirm people living an independent life, with dignity and as is their wish – in their own home. They are a fundamental corner stone of the community-based primary care approach to healthcare and well-being, one which this government, at least in words, if not deeds, claims to espouse.

Addressing Minister Reilly directly, he said:
“Those deeds though, Minister, tell a different tale. Since a peak of 12.5 million hours in 2008 you and the previous government have led a sustained attack on vital home help services. If the proposed cuts go ahead as planned a staggering 20% of hours will have been removed from the service over a four- year period.

“Significantly, this process of cuts has accelerated under Minister Reilly’s watch. Since coming to office he has signed off on the removal of almost a million home help hours. These figures are a damning indictment of the Minister’s approach, his ideology and his management of our health services.”

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