A Mayo Senator has raised the issue of home help hours and packages with the Oireachtas Committee on Health.

Erris based Sinn Fein Councillor Rose Conway-Walsh says there are 6,450 people assessed and approved for home help and are on a waiting list for it.

She also raised the issue of home help providers having their hours cut.

Senator Conway-Walsh says that the system which was in place up to 2010, where the HSE ran the home help service, worked perfectly and should not have changed. The service was privatised after 2010.

Senator Conway-Walsh told Midwest News that there are ways and means that the issue of waiting lists can be tackled.

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