Figures obtained by Deputy Gerry Adams reveal that there has been a significant cut in home help hours in Louth over the last three years.
According to the HSE in a response to a Parliamentary Question on Home Help provision, the Number of Home Help Hours in Louth have cut almost 100,000 home help hours out of the system in the last three years.
In 2010 the number of home help hours was 263,038; in 2011 there were 205,779; in 2012 it was down to 169,069 and the HSE claims that it will maintain 2013 at the same level.
Teachta Adams said:
“Last October the HSE revealed that there are 1184 citizens in Louth dependent upon home helps. Many of these are older citizens who rely on the home help service.
“The cuts to the home help service are having a serious impact on those who need them.
“The policy of the Fine Gael and Labour government to severely cut home help hours, supported by government TDs Fergus O Dowd, Ged Nash and Peter Fitzpatrick, will have a substantial and adverse impact on vulnerable older citizens, disabled citizens, their families and the home help carers who support them.
“It is hypocritical of TDs to praise the work of home helps and claim to understand the needs of those who use the home help service and then support cuts to that service and expose vulnerable citizens to harm.”