August 2012: HSE 130 million cuts announcement


HCCI expresses shock at HSE proposed cuts


31 August 2012


HCCI calls on government to increase funding to more cost-effective home care option


Home and Community Care Ireland (HCCI) are shocked at the proposed cuts for home help and home care packages. These draconian cuts will affect one of the most vulnerable sections of our society, the elderly. While fully aware of the present difficult economic situation and the need for efficiencies, HCCI feel that these cuts show a lack of strategic thinking on behalf of the government.


HSE's own figures calculate the daily cost of keeping someone in a hospital bed at around €900/day. This is assuming 100% occupancy and also does not take into account depreciation or capital costs. In contrast, with home care it costs about €185/day to keep someone at home. Being at home is also where the majority of patients prefer to be.


Home care contributes in two critical way to keep health care costs down. Firstly by providing home care initially, the admission of elderly people to high cost hospital and residential care is significantly reduced. Secondly by improving the discharge process home care can help to unblock much needed hospital beds and ensure people only spend the time they clinically need to in hospital.


The HCCI calls on the government to increase funding going to home care rather than cutting it and to show their commitment to increasing care in the community. In addition, the HCCI encourages the government to look at how home help hours and home care packages are being provided to ensure that they are getting the maximum from their limited resources.


ENDS


For more information, please contact:


Edel Bach: 086 045 3821 / edel.bach@humebrophy.com


Note to the Editor:


About Home and Community Care Ireland (HCCI):


Home and Community Care Ireland (HCCI) was set up in June 2012 following a merger of the Home Care Association and the Professional Institute of Care Providers. It is a representative body for private home care organisations in Ireland with the primary objective of promoting the highest professional standards of care in the home, in a cost-effective manner.


At present the HCCI has 28 member companies providing employment to over 3,000 staff and caring for nearly 4,000 people across every county in Ireland. Home care is a care alternative that is preferred by the majority of care recipients, contributes to improved quality of life and is a cost-effective treatment option. Our members include operators across the country providing 78,000 hours of care each week at the frontline of health service provision. For further information: www.hcci.ie


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