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INMO Endorses Call From The Carers Association For The Introduction Of A Strategy That Will Allow For The Long-Term Continuation Of Care Giving In The Home. 31.05.11

PRESS RELEASE,  Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has today endorsed the call from The Carers Association for the new Government to introduce a strategy that will allow for the long-term continuation of care giving in the home.

The shocking revelations on the Primetime Investigates Programme which aired on RTE 1 last evening highlighted the human cost of the on-going cutbacks in the health service.  Anyone watching the programme would have to question how a civilised society could allow its most vulnerable to suffer in this way and why those who struggle to care for them in their own homes, surrounded by their loved ones, receive little or no support.

The INMO now reiterates its call for immediate investment in community services where people can have access to diagnostics and intervention when they need it, where home help is available when it is required, where carers are paid at a rate that will allow them to look after their sick relative without having to go hungry themselves and where there is an increase in the numbers of public health/community nurses, instead of a reduction.  All of these measures will help to keep people who need long term care in the home which ultimately is more cost effective than keeping them in hospital or residential care settings.

Speaking today, INMO President, Sheila Dickson, said: “Last night’s excellent Primetime Investigates Programme showed the true cost to society of years’ of neglect of the health services.  A line in the New Programme for Government reads “The people chose our two parties to begin mending the pieces of a fractured society, a broken economy and to provide a sense of collective hope in our shared future.”  It is now time to begin mending these fractured lives, to look after the most vulnerable members of our society and to help those who care for them at home by giving them the supports they need, when they need them.”

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