Wednesday 21 August 2019

Homecare support delivered to fewer people than was promised

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The HSE is now providing homecare support to 618 fewer people than promised this year, with a waiting list of more than 6,300.

It is also not delivering the number of home support hours set out in its 2019 plan, at 160,000 below target.

The information supplied to Fianna Fáil spokeswoman on older people Mary Butler comes amid reports that the HSE is slowing down the delivery of homecare to new applicants as the budget comes under pressure.

"If the trend continues for the rest of the year, fewer than half of the 800,000 extra hours promised in 2019 will be delivered," said Ms Butler.

"It also appears that the number of people receiving of homecare is less than what was promised at 52,382.

"This is 618 fewer than the HSE commitment."

Minister for Older People Jim Daly has previously said there was additional investment made in homecare services this year.

The budget for 2019 is €446m, a 45pc increase.

In 2019 almost €30m has been added to the home support budget.

Irish Independent

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