The unnecessary transfer of hospital wards ‘across the road’ will cost €2 million and calls into question the future of St Patrick’s Hospital.
Cllr Tom Wood says he had hoped the HSE had ‘come to its senses’ in the matter.
Following correspondence from Cllr Wood, Area Manager with the South East Primary, Community and Continuing Care Services, Ms Lanagan, replied that the HSE remains committed to the transfer of Older Persons Services from Saint Patrick’s to Our Lady’s, in the second or third quarter of 2014. Cllr Wood, who was hoping that the HSE had come to their senses and realised the foolishness of their proposal, contends that the transfer of the rehabilitation services from the purposely built ground floor unit to an upper floor at Our Lady’s defies logic and has written to the Minister for Health, James Reilly, asking him to intervene. “The unnecessary transfer of such a prestigious unit and two other wards at an estimated cost of €2 million calls into question the survival of Saint Patrick’s,” he says.