Sixteen days into 2020, there was no funding left in the Home Help service budget for patients in county Mayo.

Home Help packages from the HSE allow many people to live in their own homes rather than having to go into a nursing home, or district hospital.

The Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne received a copy of a letter from a person who had applied for a Home Help Package and was approved for it last week, but in the same letter was told that due to financial constraints there is none available and the person will be added to a waiting list for such services.

Michael Kilcoyne is also a member of the HSE West Forum, and he told Midwest News today that this is outrageous and wrong and shows disrespect for the elderly and people in need of assistance.

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