The Minister for Health needs to put homecare at the centre of this year's Winter Plan, to ensure people can be cared for in their homes, and free up hospital beds during Covid-19 - that's according to Tuam TD Sean Canney.

He says homecare is an essential component in the care of older people, yet many who are assessed and deemed eligible for home help are left waiting for months.

The Independent TD says we also need to ensure hospital overcrowding is managed this Winter, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deputy Canney says now is the time for the Government to invest in homecare hours, which will keep hospital beds free and save the State money in the long run

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