A Roscommon TD has called for immediate action to ensure that the money provided by Dáil Éireann for home help is used to increase hours available to support older people in their homes, not spent on administration.

Independent TD Denis Naughten raised the matter in the Dail last night and said the decision by the HSE to suspend the allocation to home help hours to older people and their carers for the next five months, contradicts the €140m increase in funding for home help since this Government took office and the all-party Oireachtas Health Committee report, Slainte Care, on the reform of the health service in Ireland.

He said we now have a situation where Government policy and Dáil Éireann are at complete variance with the policy actions by the HSE and we are told by the Taoiseach that Minister Daly is scrambling to gather the facts and is only set to meet with the HSE managers next week.

Deputy Naughten says the HSE is completely unaccountable, making up its own policy and this has to put a stop to and the first step should be reversing these cuts immediately.

He said there is far greater demand for home help hours in Galway, Roscommon and Mayo than anywhere else in the country so any decision to restrict the allocation of home help hours will have a disproportionate impact on local families and older people.

Deputy Naughten spoke on the matter in the Dail last night.

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