Staff shortage leading to lack of home help hours in the north west

The HSE cannot provide 1,962 hours of home care support in the region.

A shortage of Home Care Assistants across the CHO1 area, which covers Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan is leading to the delay in supports.

Sligo Leitrim TD Martin Kenny says the situation is extremely serious as we enter into the winter time of the year as demand for the service is expected to increase.

Deputy Kenny says that inadequate rates of pay and lack of travel expenses have discouraged many form taking up careers as carers.