Sinn Féin TD for Tipperary Martin Browne called on the government to act urgently to ensure caregivers are available to help those in need of support at home, after new figures have revealed the number of people in the area health care center that covers the Mid-West, including northern Tipperary. , found themselves without essential caregivers.
Figures released to Sinn Féin’s Disability and Caregiver spokesperson Pauline Tully by the HSE revealed that 461 people are waiting for a caregiver to be assigned despite approval.
Nearly 5,000 people across the state are waiting for help, figures show.
MP Browne said figures released by the HSE in response to a parliamentary question revealed a growing crisis over home help in Ireland.
“A total of 461 people have been approved for a caregiver at CHO3, which includes northern Tipperary, but despite this, no caregivers have been assigned due to severe shortages,” he said. “This is unacceptable.”
MP Browne said Sinn Féin had for many years warned of a looming crisis in the home care system as too many people in need of home care were not getting the hours they needed.
“This crisis escalated during the pandemic, but the government has consistently failed to properly plan and implement contingencies,” he said.
TD Cashel said behind every statistic are real lives and real people who are being abandoned by the state.
People with disabilities and the elderly should have the right to lead full and independent lives and to receive sufficient state support to meet their needs, said MP Browne.
In response to the parliamentary question, the government acknowledged that “factors such as the employment contracts offered and the employment conditions offered are a factor in the recruitment challenges faced by the sector”.
“I call on the government to engage with private, community and voluntary home care providers to encourage the progression of the terms and conditions they offer their staff and align them with those employed directly by the HSE,” said he added.
MP Browne further called on the government to reintroduce priority PCR testing for healthcare workers, including home care workers, as well as relax income and working hours limits for care workers. part-time home receiving social assistance benefits in order to quickly introduce additional capacity for the home care sector.
“This is not good enough for people here in North Tipperary and across the state. The government must stop hiding its head in the sand on this issue and finally prioritize people with disabilities to ensure they get the support they deserve, ”TD said.