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Conway-Walsh calls for emergency funding for home help & home care packages in Mayo

30 August, 2016 - by Rose Conway-Walsh

Sinn Féin Senator Rose Conway-Walsh has said that the budget shortfall for home help and homecare packages in Mayo must be addressed by emergency funding.

Speaking after meeting with the HSE on this issue, Senator Conway-Walsh said:

“The Home Help and Home care package budget is over €250,000 short for Mayo alone. The pressure of trying to make up this shortfall will mean that many families across the county will be left without home care in the remaining four months of the year. It will also mean that people who are medically discharged by acute or community hospitals will have to remain there for longer than necessary.

“So over the 16 weeks we have left until the end of the year, if we have fifteen patients remaining in acute hospitals at an average cost of €1,200 per week, the cost to the exchequer will be €288,000.  In not having these beds for patients who need medical care there is a further financial loss as well as the human cost of treatment being delayed.

“It is obvious the monthly target of 33,000 hours is unrealistic and needs to be reassessed when it is currently running at 34,000 hours per month.  Revising these targets is a test of the new Minster’s Simon Harris commitment to tackling the crisis across the health service in Mayo and other counties.”

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