South Tipperary Independent TD Mattie McGrath has expressed his outrage at the savage attack on the most vulnerable in our society as a result of major cuts to services for the elderly and disabled and has slammed Minister Reilly and the HSE for their failure to tackle the areas of waste within the HSE such as the layers of senior management and reductions in drug costs.
“The HSE has outlined a number of cost- cutting proposals but it appears that they have once again taken the easy target. Cuts including a 600,000 hour cut in home help hours, as well as a reduction of 200 home care packages and a €10 million reduction in hours for personal assistants for people who need high levels of support trying to live independently are directly targeting the most vulnerable in our society and this is a step too far” said Deputy McGrath
“Savage cuts have already been made to Home Help Hours and Home Care Packages and families simply can’t take anymore. I am already hearing horrific stories on a daily basis of elderly and disabled being left abandoned by the HSE after having their home help hours cut. This is an area that quite simply can’t take any more cuts.” continued McGrath
Deputy McGrath claimed that cuts to such areas will lead to a false economy as while there may be savings in the short term, the long term consequences will lead to much higher costs to the HSE as more and more patients will end up back in hospital being unable to care for themselves at home without the proper levels of support.
“These cuts are not only shameful but they are utterly senseless as they will only lead to increased costs to the HSE in the not too distant future as more and more people end up back in hospital. The HSE and the Government should instead be dealing with real areas of waste within the HSE and tackling the layers of Senior Management rather than the front line services. These cuts should be fought tooth and nail as our elderly and disabled can’t take any more from a Government who are happy to abandon them.” concluded McGrath