There are more than 5,000 Irish citizens waiting for care in the country, according to a top government social care minister.

Mary Butler, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, told an audience at a recent event that as many as 5,200 people in Ireland are currently waiting for care.

This is due to staff shortage, and Butler claims that the funding is available.

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She also claims to be working on a scheme to recruit workers to the care sector.

The problem is particularly bad in rural locations and on weekends, according to a report by RTE.

The publication quoted Butler as saying at the Age Friendly Older Peoples Conference: “Today as we speak, there’s approximately 5,200 people waiting for home care packages. The packages are funded but we just don’t have the staff to deliver the home care.”

RTE also revealed that the demand for more care workers in Ireland was a running theme through the conference, with many industry members echoing Butler’s sentiments.

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