A Wexford TD has requested a plan from the Taoiseach on reducing the home care waiting list.
Currently, 5 thousand people nationwide are waiting for home support services.
According to Independent TD, Verona Murphy, 1 thousand of them are in Co Wexford.
Speaking in the Dáil, she says there isn't enough staff to meet demand:
"Today, we have five thousand people waiting on home care support hours. Three thousand extra staff will be needed to fill the gap, we don't have careers on the critical skills list for permit application on the basis that a review said evidence suggested the contracts of employment and terms and conditions being offered are significant factors in the recruitment challenges faced by the sector."
Michael Martin says the list of 5,000 is down from 9,000 in 2020.
However, Murphy says the issue still needs to be resolved and described the case of one Wexford woman;
"I spoke to a woman yesterday in tears; she is number 1,000 on the list, that's a waiting list to receive her home care support. A broken knee and a broken wrist and she still can't get any home care support."