Additional home help staff for
FIANNA Fáil TD for
Donegal Charlie McConalogue has welcomed the
recruitment of additional home help staff in Donegal
over the last 12 months, but is warning that
resources will need to be increased to keep up with
the demand for services.
In a letter to the Deputy, the HSE has confirmed
that there are currently 500 home help staff working
in Co. Donegal, with approximately 2000 clients in
receipt of care.
“Home help staff
provide an essential service to families who want to
take care of their loved ones in the comfort of
their own homes. I am pleased that the importance of
the service has been recognised with increased staff
numbers in 2017, with 36 new home helps recruited.
The important work that home help staff undertake is
vital in reducing pressure in other areas of our
health service”, said Deputy McConalogue.
“Despite this however, it is also clear that there
is substantial demand for these services. The HSE
has confirmed to me that there are currently 116
clients waiting on home help hours.
Deputy Charlie McConalogue.
I want to ensure that
these people have access to these essential services
and I will be raising this issue with the Health
Minister and the HSE.
“Progress on staffing levels has been made but we
need to go further to keep up with demand and I
intend to keep the pressure on the government to
ensure that additional staff are recruited to the
services in Donegal”.