South Tipperary is seeking representation on a board to be established by Health Minister James Reilly to run the new south/south west group of hospitals.
Minister Reilly has already appointed a CEO and Chairman for the board and nine board members have yet to be named. The group will be responsible for hospitals in South Tipperary, Kerry, Cork and Waterford.
Deputy Seamus Healy, Chairman of Save South Tipperary General Hospital Committee, said they had nominated a person to Minister Reilly to represent South Tipperary on the board.
“We are hoping that the person nominated will be approved by Minister Reilly. South Tipperary needs strong representation on that board to safeguard services,” said Deputy Healy.
He said that Minister Reilly had been expected to name the board members in the last few weeks but no announcement had yet been made.
A public meeting organised by consultants in Waterford Regional Hospital regarding the changes to be made in the health services in the south will he held in Waterford tonight (Wednesday 16th April) at 8pm in the Granville Hotel.
Patrick I Condon, Consultant Ophtalmic Surgeon, said that it was important for people in Waterford and the south east to attend the meeting. A delegation will be formed at the meeting to meet Minister Reilly when he visits Waterford Regional Hospital in May . Mr.Condon said that any further reduction in the viability of WRH from a financial or medical point of view would result in job losses at both Waterford and South Tipp hospitals.