The timeframe from when home help hours are allocated to a client, and when they're implemented, should be no longer than one month.

That's according to Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Keith Swanick, who raised the issue of home care supports in the Seanad yesterday with Junior Minister Finian McGrath.

The latest HSE figures show that, while some 53,00 people are benefitting from home help, there are currently 7,300 people on the waiting list for the service.

Senator Swanick, who's also a GP in Belmullet, also questioned the complaints procedure in place for those who are unhappy with the standard of care being provided, and claimed some clients are being told to "put up or shut up" or they may lose their home help hours.

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