Government and HSE attack on Home Help hours ‘short-sighted and wrong’ – Denise Mitchell TD
Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell has said the Government and HSE’s plans to cut or freeze Home Help hours is short-sighted and would have a devastating impact on older people.
Speaking in the Dáil on Thursday evening, Deputy Mitchell said:
“Any reduction in Home Help hours will not only have a further backlog in our hospitals as people are delayed in being discharged, but it also ends up costing the HSE and the state more.
"The cost of keeping a person in hospital is on average 36 times more per-week than the cost of discharging a person to their home where they can avail of home help supports."
Deputy Mitchell also noted how north Dublin has the highest waiting lists for Home Help supports:
“We have over 6,000 people on waiting lists for home help, almost a quarter of those are in north Dublin.
"The reality is our population is getting older, people are living longer, and instead of cutting these services we should be looking to expand them.
“Any cuts or freezes to the service will have a devastating impact on older people and their families. Home care is lacking it results in a variety of negative consequences that can affect the health and well-being of older people.
“Sinn Féin will not allow this to go unchallenged. I see the valuable work done under the Home Help scheme in Dublin Bay North every day.
"Our message to the government is to find cost savings elsewhere and stop attacking our older people and the services they need and deserve.”