Awakening call on future of Cashel Hospital services.
In answer to recent correspondence from Cllr Tom Wood relating to Saint Clare’s Ward at Saint Patrick’s Hospital, Cashel, Ms. Anna Marie Lanigan, HSE Area Manager, has written to advise that no decision has been taken to close Saint Clare’s Ward at this time.
The letter to Cllr Wood states: ”As you are aware there is a moratorium on recruitment and we are required to deliver all services within the available budget. While endeavouring to do this we must ensure that we deliver care which is compliant with HIQA standards. This means that there is an ongoing review of service provision. Decisions in regard to quantum and type of service are based on the need to ensure quality of care and safety of provision to our clients”.
Meanwhile, Cllr Wood is concerned for the survival of existing services in both Cashel Hospitals and has sent out an awakening call to local people to interest themselves in the situation as a matter of urgency.
He says: “With the pending re-unification of County Tipperary for administrative purposes one would expect that Cashel, due to its central location, would be an automatic choice for the continuation of existing services and the provision of additional ones to the wider community.
However, despite spending vast sums of tax payers money on upgrading Our Lady’s Hospital to a very high standard and building new independent units on site, most of the promised services have never materialised, the x-ray unit is not functioning and a threat even hangs over the continuation of the minor injuries unit”.
In relation to Saint Patricks Hospital, he says: “Despite being recognised nationally as a centre of excellence and given a very complimentary report by HIQA some months ago, there is a continuous threat hanging over it, while great plans, drawn up at significant cost in recent times, were abandoned overnight”.
Recently he corresponded with Deputy Tom Hayes highlighting numerous issues of concern and questioning why the moratorium on recruitment was still hanging over Saint Patrick’s when other hospitals were recruiting staff and even announcing additional beds.