At a recently held meeting of Cahir Comhairle Ceanntair Fianna Fáil in Ballylooby, delegates expressed their outrage at the Governments ongoing attack on elderly and vulnerable people by cutting Home Help hours.
Delegates said that it had become very clear that these savage cuts have hit the most vulnerable, elderly and disabled people in the Cahir area and indeed County Tipperary, despite assurances from Minister Reilly and Fine Gael that those people who are in genuine need of home help would not be affected.
Many people, who depend on every bit of home help support they get, have fallen victim to the Minister’s slash and burn. In many cases, their hours were cut without warning or explanation and they are struggling to get straight answers from the HSE.
“Not only are these cuts deeply unfair, they are also damaging to our health services in the long run. Home help supports allow many people with disabilities to stay in their homes instead of being long-term patients at hospitals and nursing homes. The loss of home help hours will push many people onto the already overburdened hospital system at a time when we can least afford it,” commented a Comhairle Ceanntair spokesperson. The meeting called for a full reversal of the cuts to home help hours. Agreeing that there is absolutely no excuse for how elderly and disabled people have been treated by this Government, particularly at a time when Ministers continue to approve massive salaries for bank executives at the taxpayers’ expense, the meeting said that these cuts are of the Government’s own making and it is up to the Government to tackle the crisis they have created.
Fianna Fáil’s alternative budget for next year sets aside specific funding to reverse the deeply unfair cuts to home help hours. Fianna Fáil’s proposals provide €10 million to reverse cuts to home help hours that have affected so many older people and people with disabilities in the Cahir area and County Tipperary. All measures in the Fianna Fáil budget have been fully costed said a Comhairle Ceanntair spokesperson.