Home help is the stitch in time - Martin Kenny TD
Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon Sinn Féin TD for Sligo, Leitrim, North Roscommon and South Donegal Martin Kenny pleaded for more home help hours for his region.
Deputy Kenny said:
"This is turning into a situation in which very many elderly and sick people feel they have been abandoned by Government, that they have paid taxes all their lives and that in their hour of need when they require a little help, it is not there.
"As everyone in this House knows and as the general public is aware, any cost-benefit analysis will indicate that home help services and home care packages represent probably the best value for money of all Government spending, because they keep people out of hospitals. "They are the stitch in time that saves nine, yet we continually come in here and raise this issue to no avail.
"Since my election to this House, I and many other Deputies have pleaded with Government to provide more money for home help services and home care packages.
"We continually get the same result. When we go back and talk to our constituents about this, they inform us that their district nurses have stated, 'Sorry, there is no money available. You will have to wait'.
"Then they must pay for the service themselves. Even if they are prepared to do so, the service is not available.
"The Taoiseach really needs to intervene."