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Home support waiting list surges by nearly 600 people since service freeze – O’Reilly

22 July, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking this morning, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD criticised the policy of freezing the home support service as waiting list data released to her showed that waiting lists grew by nearly 600 people between April and May to 6,819 people.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“Figures released to me by the HSE have shown that, as of 31 May 2019, there were 6,819 people were waiting for funding for a home support service. The number of people has surged by 581 since I previously received the data in March.

“The sole reason for this increase has been the freezing of the home help service by the HSE.

“The people on this list are entitled to this service – they have been assessed and approved for home support, but they cannot be facilitated because of the freeze in the service.

“The system is a complete post-code lottery; the county or area where you live defines whether you can get the service or if you join a waiting list of hundreds.

“The home help service is one of the best value-for-money services in the health service – properly funding it saves millions by keeping people in their homes and out of hospitals or nursing homes.

“It is not possible for the government or the HSE to stand over undermining this service; they have essentially pulled down the shutters on the home help service and stuck a closed until further notice sign outside, but this is an invaluable health service, and through their actions they are denying people care.” 

Note: Please see the PQ with the information this statement was based on attached

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