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Figures awaited on extra home help in Sligo

NO FIGURES are yet available on extra services in the home for older people in 2017.

An increase of €82 million has been pencilled in for HSE home help packages in the year ahead.

This will represent, nationally, a twelve percent increase on the grant for 2016.

By the end of this month it is expected that 345 home help packages of services will have been given in 2016 in Sligo, Leitrim and west Cavan.

The figure was supplied by junior Health Minister Helen McEntee in response to a recent query from Sligo TD Eamon Scanlon.

''The expected level of activity'' before year's end would (locally) represent 425,000 home help hours, said the Minister.

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Funding for the service, nationally, would be €765 million in 2017.

Said Minister McEntee: ''This has focused on additional funding for homecare in particular.''

It is aimed, she said, ''at allowing people to continue to live in their own homes and at facilitating discharge of older people from acute hospitals.''

The level of services -- including Sligo -- will be set out in the HSE's 2017 National Service Plan.

This is expected to be finalised shortly, confirmed Minister McEntee.