Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Ceisteanna (198)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

198. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the position in relation to the level of community and home supports that will be available for persons with dementia nationally in 2020; the position in relation to the recruitment of dementia advisors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48046/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The level of community and home supports that will be available for older people, including people with dementia, will be set out in the 2020 National Service Plan (NSP). In 2020 the HSE will deliver over 19.2 million hours of home support to older people, including those with dementia. This represents a substantial increase of 1 million hours more than this year’s target.   

The Government has also decided to fund an additional ten dementia advisers as part of an expansion of health care delivery in the community in Budget 2020 to deliver on the vision of Sláintecare. As the issue of recruitment is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.