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Fine Gael advocate tax cuts for high earners while Fair Deal scheme suffers – Kenny

2 July, 2019 - by Martin Kenny TD

Speaking in Dublin today, Sinn Féin TD for Sligo, Leitrim, North Roscommon and South Donegal Martin Kenny said that a shortage of nursing home beds creates havoc in the health system and creates havoc for families struggling to provide care for their elderly or sick loved ones.

Deputy Kenny said:

“Reports today of a funding shortage in the Fair Deal scheme means that older people, and others in need of long-term care, will be trapped in hospitals, creating in turn, a shortage in acute care hospital beds.

“The Fine Gael government and their partners in Fianna Fáil has to take responsibility for the chaos being created by its health and housing policies.

“Meanwhile, Minister Paschal Donoghue is out talking about tax cuts in the next Budget for high earners, while money is running out for such an essential service as nursing home care.

“In my constituency, I meet people all the time whose whole families are in crisis and under terrible stress because of lack of elderly care in their community. It creates havoc in the health system and it creates havoc in families when nursing home beds are in short supply.

“The new head of the HSE Paul Reid has already been warned by his colleague, David Walsh, the national director for community operations about a deficit of €30m for the Fair Deal scheme.

“Adequate investment in public services is essential and that is where the government’s priority must lie in the next Budget.” 

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