Date Released: 29 November 2012
SIPTU Home Helps and their supporters will march on Saturday, 1st December, in Swords, Co. Dublin, to protest against cuts to the Home Help service. The workers will assemble outside Pennys, Main Street, at 1.30 p.m. and march to the constituency office of the Minister for Health, James Reilly, at Chamber Building, North Street.
SIPTU Organiser, Ray Stanley, said; “Cuts to the Home Help service are a false economy. Reducing Home Help hours will only result in higher hospital admissions for elderly people, higher levels of delayed discharges from hospitals and more people needing to be cared for in nursing homes. The policy of reducing the Home Help service is morally wrong, socially unacceptable, and economically flawed.”
SIPTU Home Help, Sandra Jesson, feels it is essential that the crisis in the Home Help service is brought to the minister’s direct attention.
She said: "We are sick and tired of hearing the Minister talking about care in the community when the Home Help service is being torn apart. The work we do ensures people are cared for so they can live with dignity and stay at home for as long as possible. As workers we have provided this much needed service for years. Now our funding is being slashed and we are finding it hard to provide the same levels of care. Workers and the elderly are suffering because of these cuts. We live and work in James Reilly's constituency and he needs to recognise the hardship he is inflicting upon us."
Lead Organiser of the SIPTU ‘Time to Care’ Campaign, Miriam Hamilton, said: "Union members are putting enormous pressure on the Government to reverse these cuts. Home Help and Home Care workers throughout the country have lobbied their local TDs, urging them to support their call for the cuts to be reversed. Several County Councils, including Donegal, Offaly, Roscommon, and Limerick have endorsed the campaign. It is clear that the position adopted by James Reilly is not sustainable and is unpopular among the ranks of his own party and the Labour Party. He must overturn the disastrous decision to cut the Home Help service.”