Despite already spending millions of euro refurbishing Our Lady’s Hospital in Cashel the proposed transfer of rehab and respite beds from Saint Patrick’s Hospital to Our Lady’s Complex will cost the taxpayer in excess of €1,300,000 according to local councillor, Tom Wood.
Cllr Wood, a member of South Tipperary County Council, has continued to question the HSE decision to transfer 21 rehabilitation beds from the purposely built, ground floor unit at St. Patrick’s, as well as a further 18 respite beds there, to the less-accessible upper floors at the former County Hospital on the Green.
Cllr Wood believes that the HSE’s scarce resources in this time of austerity could be better spent upgrading Saint Clare’s ward at Saint Patrick’s Hospital, rather than undertaking this proposed transfer.
This is a transfer taking place at significant expense, up to €1,300,000 according to the Cashel councillor, who is unhappy with the plan.
With the understanding that HIQA are obliged to assess whether the upper floors at Our Lady’s are suitable for purpose and recognised under the Health Act as a designated centre, Cllr Wood wrote to its Regional Operations Manager on May 20 outlining his various concerns and seeking answers as to why the rehabilitation unit and respite beds were being transferred to what he says is unsuitable accommodation.
“It would be crazy if, in the future, HIQA found it necessary to relocate the rehab and respite services from Our Lady’s to yet another location on the grounds of patient safety or for other reasons,” Cllr Wood has written to HIQA.
To date he has not received a satisfactory response to his letter and has again written to HIQA, Cllr Wood told The Nationalist.