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Budget 2023 fails to address the urgent need for home care worker recruitment and retention initiatives

HCCI: Budget 2023 fails to address the urgent need for home care worker recruitment and retention initiatives

 

Dublin, 28 September 2022: Home and Community Care Ireland (HCCI), the organisation representing private home care providers, is concerned that Budget 2023 fails to address the critical need for home care worker recruitment and retention initiatives.

 

Joseph Musgrave, CEO, HCCI, said, “The home care worker recruitment crisis continues and the waiting list of people in need of home care remains unchanged. The Cross Departmental Workforce Advisory Group has still not published its recommendations or associated funding requirements. Without a strategic workforce recruitment and retention plan our members will struggle to deliver home care to all who need it this winter. While €50 million has been committed to help deliver 24 million hours of home care that is not doable without a workforce to deliver the care.”

 

“We need the Government to prioritise home care so that our older and more vulnerable citizens can get the support they need to stay in their own homes and communities – which is particularly important during the winter months and the associated flu season. To give one example of reform urgently needed – while nursing homes and hospitals are permitted to recruit carers from non-European Economic Area countries, home care providers are prohibited from doing so. This is despite the EU endorsing migrant workers as being crucial to the care sector. We urgently need this legislation changed before waiting lists grow any longer.”

 

Joseph Musgrave, CEO, HCCI said, “Another example of home care being put to the bottom of the list is the ongoing delay in paying the Pandemic Bonus to home carer workers. This is affecting morale of home carers, who do so much day in day out in every community across the country. We sincerely hope that this will be paid immediately as promised by the Minister.”

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A Critical Year for Home Care: HCCI Pre-Budget Submission 2023

HCCI PreBudget2023_FINAL

Delays to reform of the home care sector are causing lengthy home support waiting lists and a severe recruitment crisis.  Home and Community Care Ireland’s (HCCI) Pre-Budget Submission 2023 urges the Government to take action on the Statutory Home Support Scheme, the Cross-Departmental Strategic Workforce Advisory Group (CD-SWAG), change social welfare means testing, prepare for a winter wave of Covid-19, insurance reform and to take the lead on the EU Care Strategy.

2023 will be a critical year of the home care sector.  Without prioritising reform, older and vulnerable people will continue to be left without the home care they need and deserve.

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HCCI Concerned that Reform of the Home Care Sector is too Slow

Press release lack of progress in home care reform

16 June 2022, Dublin: Home and Community Care Ireland (HCCI), the organisation representing private home care providers, is concerned that reform of the home care sector is progressing far too slowly. HCCI stressed that sector reform needs to happen at a much faster pace within both the Government and the HSE to ensure people get the support they need to stay living at home and that the Statutory Home Support Scheme will be implemented next year as promised by the Government.

HCCI is urging Government to leverage the adaptability and pace the private sector can bring to the sector, as highlighted in publicly available data compiled by HCCI. This data shows a correlation between communities where a higher proportion of home care is delivered by private providers or non-profits in terms of shorter waiting lists and successfully delivering the targeted number of care hours. The data suggests that using private and non-profit providers substantially increases capacity.