Assurances have been made by Minister of State for Primary Care, Alex White, that the future of St patrick’s Hospital in Cashel is secure, according to local Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes. Deputy Hayes said he raised the issue with the minister because it is such an important issue for the people of Cashel and South Tipperary. According to Deputy Hayes, Minister White confirmed that the transfer of respite and rehabilitation services to Our Lady’s campus will allow for the refurbishment of facilities within St. Patrick’s which has a bed compliment of 134, comprising 95 long stay, 18 respite and 21 rehabilitation. Following this a development plan will be prepared around the long stay facilities at St. Patricks Hospital. This will support its re-registration with HIQA in 2015. A project group, comprised of HSE senior management and relevant staff, has already been set up, he said.
“The future of St Patrick’s Hospital had been under threat,” said Deputy Hayes. “This followed the recently published HSE South Regional Service Plan 2013 which identified challenges posed by the design and layout of the premises.”
“However this announcement, which secures the long term future of St Patrick’s Hospital, demonstrates the Government’s commitment to maintain the existing level of services in Cashel. These services provide important support for older people in Tipperary who require quality long term residential care and it is important that the Government is able to secure the long term future of St Patrick’s Hospital, and the services it will provide, in the current economic climate.”
He said he was glad that that the retention of these services in Cashel will mean that both St Patrick’s and Our Lady’s campus, which had a €21 million upgrade in 2011, will both provide improved facilities in serving the people of Cashel and the surrounding areas over the coming years. At a time when tough decisions are being made about cuts to public expenditure, this is welcome news.”
“Last year, the Government spent almost €1 billion on financial support for people in nursing homes nationwide and it is important that we make sure that Tipperary receives its fair share of this budget,” he said.