Eoin Ó Broin TD has commented on HSE figures released to the party that have shown that as of 31 May 2019, there were 267 people were waiting for funding for a home support service in the Dublin West Local Health Office area. “Figures released to my colleague Louise O’Reilly by the HSE have shown that as of 31 May 2019, there were 267 people were waiting for funding for a home support service. This is completely unacceptable.

“The people waiting on this list are entitled to this service.  They have been assessed and approved for home support, but they cannot access it because of the freeze in the service “Recently a Sinn Féin motion was passed in the Dáil recognising the invaluable work carried out by home help workers and called for the government to take immediate steps to ensure the viability of homecare provision, to ensure there is no reduction in the provision of home help hours; and to end the effective freeze on the allocation hours.

“The provision of home support is one of the best value-for-money services within our health service. If it is funded properly it saves the government millions by keeping people in their homes and out of hospitals or nursing homes. “The government cannot afford not to invest in this invaluable service.”