SHOCK AS HSE FIGURES REVEAL MASSIVE YEAR ON YEAR CUT TO HOME HELP BY 52,000 HOURS

Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Donnelly has criticised the Government for cutting 52,000 home help hours for the people of Dublin West in 2017 at a time when they’re needed more than ever. The revelation came from the HSE by way of a Parliamentary Question (PQ) tabled by Councillor Donnelly’s party colleague Louise O’Reilly TD (response attached).
Commenting on the matter, Councillor Donnelly said:
“It is utterly unacceptable that at a time when home help is needed more than ever in Dublin West that this Government saw fit to cut home help by a staggering 51,919 hours in our area in 2017.”
“The demand for home help hours in Dublin West amongst our elderly and in particular those with disabilities has gone up significantly over the past number of years.”
“Everyday I have people in my constituency clinics or on the phone telling me that the HSE will not give them home help support or will not give them additional hours help for their loved ones.”
“They are calling out for help and all they are told is that there is not enough hours for their loved ones.”
“The situation is unfair and demoralising especially when we see other areas have their home help hours increase.”
“In 2016, Dublin West received 166,471 home help hours yet in 2017 this had been cut to 114,552, a massive drop by 51,919 hours.
“Why is Dublin West being punished?”
“The Government and the Taoiseach Mr. Varadkar who represents Dublin West have to answer for this failure.”
“Our older citizens and those with disabilities deserve to live with respect in their homes and home help hours play a massive part in that. We need to see home help hours increased in line with need in north county Dublin.”

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