Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Eamon Scanlon has told the Taoiseach other solutions must be sought as overcrowding and a shortage of hospital beds in Sligo University Hospital remains.

Deputy Scanlon commented, “There was a commitment twelve months ago to increase bed numbers in Sligo University Hospital. These beds have yet to materialise. We do not have a capital plan for 2019 which is disgraceful four months into the year.

“I put it to the Taoiseach today that alternatives must be sought if no beds are incoming. One such solution is to increase home help funding in the region. It is a far cheaper option, frees up hospital beds if supports are in place for those awaiting discharge from hospital, and various studies have shown that growing old in your own home is better for physical and mental health.

“Waiting lists are growing. I am aware of people who have been on home help waiting lists and have passed away before being awarded home help hours. The Minister and his Taoiseach have to address the increasing capacity issues in Sligo University Hospital and this is one such solution I urge them to take on board,” concluded Deputy Scanlon.