Harris pledges €40m package to cut home care backlog
The growing backlog of many elderly people who are on waiting lists for home care will be tackled with a €40m package, Health Minister Simon Harris has pledged.
He said there will be €20m allocated to ensure that the 10.4 million home help hours, 15,450 home care packages, 130 intensive home care packages and 313 transitional care beds provided in 2015 are maintained.
Some €10m will ensure that the rate of home care supports can be maintained during the summer months, he added.
And €10m has been ring-fenced for home care as part of the new winter initiative, he told the Dáil.
He was speaking as the health service got a massive €500m top-up in supplementary funding to prevent the HSE going seriously into the red this year and cutting back on services.
He confirmed there will be €31m for people with disabilities, as outlined by Disability Minister Finian McGrath.
Some €40m is going to a new drive to tackle the trolley crisis in emergency departments before winter returns.