Thursday, 7 November 2019
Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions
This represents a substantial increase of 1 million extra hours more than this year's target. This investment is focused on enabling older people to remain at home when they want to and reducing the current waiting list for a service being experienced in almost all areas. As appropriate, provision of hours will also be targeted at times of peak demand in winter 2020, at the beginning and the end of the year, to ensure more timely support is given in order that people can stay out of hospital and live with dignity in their own homes.
I accept that there is more demand than available resource, but we have to operate within the funding available to us. We are making an extra €52 million available next year and an extra 1 million hours throughout the country. That will have a significant and positive impact.