Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South West Margaret Murphy O’Mahony says she’s shocked and disgusted at the news that home supports for older people are to be cut over Christmas.

Deputy Murphy O’Mahony has been informed that no services will be provided between Christmas Eve and 3rd January 2020.

“The is a deeply cruel move which impacts older people the most and will leave them completely reliant on family, friends or neighbours over Christmas week. This decision is robbing older people of their independence and creating additional anxiety and stress for them. It’s completely unacceptable”, said Deputy Murphy O’Mahony.

“What is most surprising about this move is the fact that the government has failed to meet its home support targets for the year. In fact, in West Cork, the figures are almost 14% behind target and the waiting list for supports has jumped from 82 in February to 188 in October – that’s a doubling of the list in less than nine months.

“While these figures are extremely disappointing, they are symptomatic of the very serious crises in our health service. Home supports are an essential part of the overall health service – they allow people to be cared for in their own home – something which the majority of older people and their families want.

“The fact that these services are being cut over Christmas is huge misstep and is resulting in stress and anxiety for older people. It’s a cruel decision and could lead to more pressure on our already overstretched hospital system”.