Fianna Fáil has raised concerns that the HSE will have overspent by “several hundred million” by year-end after the health minister revealed that it had run up a revenue deficit of more than €116m by the end of April.
More than a third of charities have been adversely affected by recent controversies that have hit the sector, with many claiming donations have fallen as a result.
Six of Ireland’s most vital charities have urged the Government to put restoration of essential social services ahead of any plans to cut taxes in the upcoming budget.
Charities are demanding that the Government should focus more on spending money on cash-strapped public services rather than tax cuts.
Seven out of 10 family carers are worried that their dependents may be at risk of malnutrition.
One in three charities has seen its budget slashed by up to 25% in the past three years — with a growing percentage having to cut services to keep their doors open.
A national dementia and alzheimer’s service improvement plan which was meant to be implemented by the end of this year will fail to meet its target.
Many carers are stressed about their financial situation while 10% of respondents to a survey said they did not receive any source of support in their role.
The majority of carers in the Republic of Ireland say other family members are their most important source of help, according to a survey carried out to mark National Carers week.
Delegates at a meeting of the Age Action group yesterday demanded an apology from junior minister Brian Hayes after he appeared to suggest that the free travel scheme could be curtailed in the upcoming budget.
There is a young carer in every community is Ireland, according to stakeholders at a meeting at a Dublin conference today.
THERESA HULME earns just slightly more than someone on the dole after giving up her job as a clinical psychiatric nurse manager to look after her intellectually disabled older sister.
PENSION increases in the budget are not enough to insulate many older people from rising food and fuel prices, Age Action has warned.
HAVING a teenager with all the demands of a toddler is how Rosemary Kratschmar describes caring for her 14-year-old son Sammy, who has Down syndrome.
LOBBY groups for carers have called for payment equal to the minimum wage for those looking after ageing, disabled or infirm relatives in the home.
SOCIAL Affairs Minister Seamus Brennan will today launch a report under the aegis of the Equality Authority which spells out the issues affecting carers and which highlights the urgency to get this vital sector of community care regularised.
CARE organisations yesterday gave a “cautious” welcome to the Budget.
WE in Care Alliance Ireland welcome the recent comments by HSE chief executive Prof Brendan Drumm in relation to acute hospital beds.
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