There are almost 400 people in Mayo at present awaiting a Home Care Package from the HSE west.

329 of these people have been assessed and have qualified for a package, but the HSE say it has no monies to fund them, while a further 60 are awaiting assessment.

A home care package allows a person to live at home rather than in an acute or district hospital, and often less than an hour a day is provided by home help to any one patient.

Home help workers are paid just above the minimum hourly wage, and the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District, Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne, says the alternative to employing these workers is to pay thousands of euro a week for patient in hospitals.

The Cathaoirleach told Midwest News today that it's likely to be 2020 now before the people who have qualified for the service in Mayo will receive it.


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