Politicians are pressuring the HSE and the Health Minister to reassure the staff and clients of Bray Home Care Services as the company faces closure.
54 staff members and 267 clients could be left in limbo when the contract between the HSE and Bray Home Care Services expires.
Labour Chairperson, Jack O’ Connor has said “The news that has emerged today that Bray Home Care Services Ltd, will be giving 30 days’ protective notice to staff is extremely worrying. This arises because its funding position has become increasingly precarious due to the way in which the HSE operates its tendering system for home care packages. The company has been providing care services for vulnerable members of the community, mainly in the north Wicklow area, for nearly 40 years.
“This situation brings into sharp focus the wider issues of what competitive tendering and the associated race to the bottom in service provision is doing to our care services. It is leaving workers in precarious situations where they are unable to plan for their futures and leaving vulnerable clients in fear for their services and feeling a deep sense of insecurity. This is exactly the opposite of what we need from our home care system.
He added: “I am demanding immediate action by Simon Harris and the HSE to bring the unacceptable situation concerning Bray Home Care Services Ltd to an end. If this means the HSE stepping in to directly administer these care services or work with, what I believe to be, a dedicated management team to end the threat to the company, that is something which will have to decided and actioned upon swiftly.”