More than 100 people in Cork are awaiting home help support with the HSE service running behind target to date this year, it has been revealed.
HSE figures provided to Fianna Fáil show that home support hours fell far short of target – by over 160,000 hours in the first five months of the year - 2.2% behind what was meant to be provided.
Fianna Fail claim that if that trend continues for the rest of the year, fewer than half of the 800,000 extra hours promised in 2019 will be delivered.
While 117 people across Cork are awaiting such services, Cork is one of the least affected regions with more than 850,000 home help hours delivered in the region so far this year.
However, Cork TD Michael Moynihan (FF) has slammed the government for failing to deliver on promises on respite care.
He said that some families in Cork are finding it near impossible to secure respite hours for their loved ones.
Speaking in the Dail, Deputy Moynihan claimed that respite services across north Cork have reached “crisis levels”, particularly for families with loved ones with intellectual disabilities.
“They have been contacting my office angry and distressed because they are unable to secure much needed respite hours.
“In fact, service providers are now telling families that there are no respite hours available for the rest of 2019<” he added.
“It is heart-breaking to hear some of the situations that parents are being expected to cope with.
“Workers in the sector have told me that funding for respite care is not being made available by the HSE to the regions and that the government is unable to deal with the crisis facing it.
“They also claim that access to care has been completely shut down to new applicants.”
Minister of State for the Elderly, Jim Daly claimed there was an additional €10m euro investment in the home help service this year and that new respite facilities are at an advanced stage.
“We are now half way through 2019, and services are already under extraordinary pressure,” said Deputy Moynihan.
“It’s simply not good enough.
“Fine Gael is failing families here in north Cork,” he concluded.