Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Questions (161)

John Lahart

Question:

161. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the large backlog of persons awaiting approval of homecare packages in the CHO7 region; his plans to increase the funds for homecare in that area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41411/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Home Support Service is a core service for older people and is highly valued by service users, their families and by the HSE. It provides supports which assist older people to live independently in their own homes for longer and enables large numbers of people to return home following acute hospital admission who otherwise would remain in hospital or would be admitted to long stay residential care. Following today’s Budget announcement, the HSE and officials from the Department of Health will immediately commence the process of developing and agreeing the HSE National Service Plan 2019, which will set out, in detail, the type and quantum of services to be delivered in 2019 including in relation to services for older people.

Question No. 162 answered with Question No. 157.