In the aftermath of last weekend’s demonstration in Castlebar, County Mayo, Longford Town Mayor and County Councillor, Peggy Nolan, has called on the Health Services Executive (HSE) and Minister James Reilly to retain home help service levels. The Fine Gael councillor issued a statement calling on the minister to “desist from imposing any more cuts to this sector”.
Cllr Nolan continued: “Home care and home help packages allow our elderly and vulnerable to live in their own homes with dignity, respect and compassion.”
“This year alone 500,000 hours have been cut from the service. This is causing major concern to both the service providers and the clients and with the pending 600,000 (hours) of further cuts to be taken out of the service, this cannot be allowed,” stated Cllr Nolan in a statement issued to the Leader.
She added: “To live in one’s home for as long as is desired is the least our elderly can expect. “