The “magnificent” Our Lady’s Hospital in Cashel, in which an investment of €6 million had been made, was literally empty and “dying a slow death” because of a lack of activity, it was claimed at the monthly meeting of the local Town Council.
Cllr. Sean McCarthy, who made the claim, said it was “an absolute pristine building but there’s nothing going on there. It’s a crying shame”.
The hospital lost its acute services to the South Tipp General Hospital in Clonmel in recent years.
Cllr. McCarthy suggested that the HSE should establish outreach services and clinics in Cashel to take the strain away from the hospital in Clonmel.
It would also mean that patients in areas such as Cappawhite, Hollyford and Glengar could be treated in an uncluttered environment and wouldn’t have to make such a long journey to Clonmel for their treatment.
Cllr. McCarthy said the retirement of Cashel pharmacist Mairead Heffernan meant that all medications for the town’s St. Patrick’s Hospital would now have to be transported either by ambulance or taxi from Clonmel.
A hospital without a pharmacy was like having a school without a teacher, he said.
He described this situation as crazy and a further erosion of the health services in the town.
He didn’t know what they had done in Cashel to merit this attention.