Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Health
Home Care Packages Provision
615. To ask the Minister for Health if additional funding will be provided for home support and home support packages in counties Cavan and Monaghan in 2020, in view of the delays in providing such necessary supports; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2936/20]
Last year the Health Service National Service Plan set a target that over 53,000 people would receive 17.9m home support hours and a further 235 people would receive 360,000 hours through intensive home care packages. This represented a combined target of over 18.2m hours of home support. This year an additional investment of €52 million has been provided for home support services and the 2020 Service Plan sets a target of over 19.2 million hours across the country which is 1 million hours more than the 2019 target.
As the Deputy's queries in relation to Cavan and Monaghan are a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
616. To ask the Minister for Health his plans for the HSE to recruit persons to provide home support and home care packages directly on behalf of the HSE rather than outsourcing such services; his views on whether the lack of personnel is contributing to the delays in having home support provided for eligible patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2937/20]