Thursday, 4 July 2019

Questions (368)

Denis Naughten


368. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 135 of 20 June 2019, if he will report on the meeting between the Minister of State with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People and HSE CHO managers on the delivery of home help hours; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29017/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Following recent media reports of cuts in the provision of home supports, I met with senior HSE management and representatives from Community Health Organisation management on 20th June. The HSE reconfirmed to me that there are no cuts to the home support service, nor is it correct to say that no new clients will be allocated home help hours for the next five months. The HSE has assured me that it will meet its service plans targets this year.

In 2019 with a budget of almost €446 million the HSE intends to provide over 18.2 million home support hours, including intensive home care packages, to over 53,000 people. The allocation of new hours will be based on client’s needs and the resources available.