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Sinn Féin motion to challenge ‘unfair’ targeting of home help hours for cuts or freezing passes in the Dáil

27 June, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has welcomed the passage of a Sinn Féin motion which aims to challenge the government and the HSE’s targeting of home help hours to cut or freeze, in the Dáil this afternoon.

The motion was proposed following news of the Governments plan which would have a devastating impact on older people and their families.

Following the vote this afternoon, Teachta O’Reilly said:

“Care delivered in the home is the preferred form of care for most people and their families. 

“The home help service is one of the best value for money services in the health service, and any health economist will attest to its value for money.

"This is immediately evident upon comparison with hospital or nursing home care.

 “There are currently over 6,000 older people on waiting lists for home help hours and thousands more in receipt of the service.

“Any cuts or freezes to the service will have a devastating impact on older people and their families.

“Indeed, when home care is lacking it results in a variety of negative consequences that can affect the health and well-being of older people.

“Without access to home care supports many older people have to pay for private care, rely on loved ones to provide unpaid care, or are forced to move to residential care settings which is often not their first choice thus undermining their human right to live with dignity and independence.

"Sinn Féin will not allow this to go unchallenged and I am delighted that this motion has passed in the Dáil this afternoon.

“We understand the value of the home help service and our message to the government is to stop attacking our older people and the services they need and deserve.

“We need to invest in the directly employed Home Helps and make the career attractive and ensure the sustainability of the service.”

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