Close to three hundred people in Mayo are at present  either approved or waiting to be approved for a Home Care package but remain without it, and as a result many of them are languishing in hospital beds when they want to be at home.

This figure was confirmed by Tony Canavan , Chief Officer for Community Healthcare West, at this week’s HSE West Forum in Merlin Park, in response to a question from Independent Castlebar Councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

The Councillor says that 300 patients would fill a small hospital and he said it astounds him that the HSE can continue to argue that they don’t have the funding to provide the home care needed by applicants who qualify for the service, while many of the same patients remain in hospital beds costing up to 8,000 euro a week.

The cost of a home care package in comparison would be in the hundreds of euros.

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