Our Lady's Hospital in Cashel
Despite expenditure of millions of euro on the refurbishment of Our Ladys Hospital, there will be no beds or patients occupying the former County Hospital in Cashel says Cllr Tom Wood.
What he describes as, “this not unexpected but stark message,” was related to Cllr Wood when he raised the matter at the December South East Committee Meeting of the Regional Health Forum in Kilkenny.
During the course of his presentation and when referring to the unsatisfactory situation and challenges faced at South Tipperary General Hospital, he argued that if the 21 step down beds announced two years ago for Our Ladys had been provided, the pressure on patients, their families and staff would have been reduced significantly.
Cll Wood described seeing Our Ladys Hospital in total darkness every night as, “both sad and a poor reflection on those with authority within the Health Service Executive.”
Cllr Wood has corresponded with Minister for Health, Simon Harris, relating to the grave situation and calling on him and the HSE to finally put in place a plan for Cashel that would have maximum benefit for the people of the county.
Meanwhile he also raised what he called a 'staffing crisis' at Saint Patricks Hospital with its shortfall of 14 nursing posts and a number of retirements expected in the coming year. In some instances interviews had been completed by the National Recruitment Service but there was a serious delay in making the appointments. In his opinion the former local recruitment process was much speedier and more efficient. He wondered if the delay in appointing the successful candidate for the position of Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Dementia Care and of another awaiting transfer to her new nursing role at the hospital having completed her degree and received her registration pin, pointed to a local moratorium on filling vacancies.
With respect to the new 100 bed hospital to replace Saint Patricks and meet with HIQA standards by 2020 he was informed that, “Cashel features in the 2020 plan.” To what degree he wonders as he prepares questions on that plan for the next meeting.