The Minister for Health has refused a request to meet with a deputation from the Save our Acute Hospital Services Committee to discuss future plans for South Tipperary General Hospital following the Higgins Report, according to Independent TD Mattie McGrath.
In a letter to Deputy McGrath in response to his request to meet with the deputation, the Ministerâ€™s Private Secretary stated that â€œdue to a very busy schedule of Government and Departmental business, the Minister regrets that he will not be in a position to accede to your requestâ€.
â€œWe need assurances from the Minister that services will be protected in South Tipperary General Hospital, most importantly, the Maternity services which are under the most recent threat of closure and the Minister needs to make time to meet with us.â€ said Deputy McGrath
Deputy McGrath has called on Deputy Tom Hayes to put more pressure on his party colleague to ensure that he makes the time to meet with the Deputation.
â€œThe Minister cannot run and hide. There is absolutely no political accountability surrounding our health services, despite all his previous promises of change within the HSE.
â€œMinister Reilly has not met with the South Tipperary Oireachtas Members once since he took Office and he needs to make the time to meet with us, take accountability and give us the assurances that South Tipp General hospital will not lose any more services and I am calling on Deputy Hayes to put more pressure on his party colleague to ensure that this deputation goes ahead urgently.â€