Two elderly brothers living in Frenchpark have aired their frustration at the HSE for their lack of care and attention.
One would think the least these men, aged 77 and 81, would be entitled to is a Meals on Wheels service to their home, but the HSE have advised that “the Home Help Department does not provide a Meals on Wheels service to new clients since 2009”.
“If we cannot look after our elderly we have made very little progress, and we can no longer call ourselves a social welfare state” said MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan. “Without the assistance of a kind and caring neighbour these men would probably starve.”
MEP Flanagan added: “If this is what membership of the doomed Euro brings us well we are far better off out of it. This austerity regime is only for the benefit of the bankers and their shareholders. Nothing demonstrates this more clearly than the plight of these two brothers.”
Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice has also been working to try and alleviate the dilemma faced by these men and by other elderly people around the county.
“It is my belief that every effort should be made to provide whatever assistance is needed to allow elderly people to live independently in their own homes. Every euro spent to achieve this aim is money well spent” he said.
Deputy Fitzmaurice stated “When one thinks of their advancing years and accompanying health problems it would appear that any additional help they could be given would be worthwhile and would allow them to continue to reside in their own homes for as long as possible.”
He concluded: “We will be seeking further clarification on the issue of ‘Meals on Wheels’ as I sincerely hope that this service remains available to those who need it.”