Fears that the 24 hour, 7 day Emergency Service at South Tipperary General Hospital would be curtailed were refuted at the September meeting of the Regional Health Forum.
In a response to Councillor Tom Wood, Gerry O’Dwyer, Interim Chief Executive Officer, said that there were no plans to curtail the service between 8pm and 8am.
He also added that approval to appoint a second consultant at the hospital had been given and that progress on that matter would get underway shortly.
Fears were raised last week that the Emergency Department was at risk from health cutbacks expected in the next budget.
Prior to the commencement of the meeting at HSE headquarters in Cork, Cllr Wood had sought permission to table an emergency motion in an effort to secure clarification on what was termed a leaked document pertaining to budgetary cuts resulting in the closure of several Emergency Departments around the country, including South Tipperary General, between 8pm and 8am.
As the meeting was about to commence the chairman informed the Cashel councillor that standing orders did not facilitate the tabling of such a motion but the Chief Executive Officer was prepared to make a brief statement on the matter.
Following the meeting Cllr Wood said he welcomed the clarification and hoped the matter was put to rest and would not reappear after the budget.
He said he intends tabling a motion at the next meeting in November enabling the elected members raise emergency motions when deemed necessary.
Independent TD Seamus Healy told Health Minister Leo Varadker last week to ‘keep his hands off’ the hospital services.