HSE Service Plan represents a ‘standstill position’ on key services for Older people – Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Older People Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin T.D. has stated that the 2017 HSE Service Plan commitments for the delivery of Home Help Hours, and the number of people to benefit, represents a “standstill position” “with no additionality on the projected outturn for 2016”.
The long serving Dáil Deputy was highly critical of the HSE and of Government “who have failed to ensure key investment in the needs of our growing ageing population.'
Deputy Ó Caoláin said;
“It is a huge disappointment to note the standstill position adopted by the HSE in relation to the provision of Home Help Hours with no additionality on the projected outturn for 2016 nor in their projected numbers of beneficiaries.
“Ultimately, it is Government that has failed to ensure key investment in the needs of our growing ageing population with all the consequences that will undoubtedly arise. We will have a continuation of inappropriate use of hospital beds through delayed discharges, we will have older people being forced into residential care before such a step is absolutely necessary and we will have the lives of younger members of affected families unnecessarily interrupted, even suspended, as they seek to provide the care needs of their older loved one.
“None of this should be the case if political voices in this unprecedented Government arrangement that straddles both sides of the Dáil Chamber meant what they say regarding the value of and respect for our older people. They are not a burden. They are the bedrock on which so much that we enjoy and take for granted has been built. We owe them, and we owe ourselves, a more responsible and realistic provision of care,” concluded Deputy Ó Caoláin.