The HSE has set up a project team to devise a development plan for the long stay patient facilities at St Patrick’s Geriatric Hospital in Cashel to support its re-registration with HIQA in two years times.
That’s according to South Tipperary Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes, who says he has received assurances from Minister for Primary Care Alex White that the hospital’s future is secure.
The TD said he raised with the Minister local concerns that St Patrick’s was under threat arising from the 2013 HSE South Regional Services Plan that identified challenges the hospital’s design and layout posed, and the HSE’s controversial decision to transfer a rehabilitation unit and respite beds from it to Our Lady’s Hospital nearby.
Deputy Hayes said the Minister confirmed to him that the transfer of the respite beds and rehabilitation unit to Our Lady’s Hospital will allow for the refurbishment of facilities within St Patrick’s Hospital.
“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,” continued Deputy Hayes. He said this secured the long term future of St Patrick’s Hospital and demonstrated the Government’s commitment to maintaining the existing level of health services in Cashel.
“The retention of these services in Cashel will mean that both St Patrick’s and Our Lady’s campus, which received a €21m
upgrade in 2011, will both provide improved facilities in serving the people of Cashel and surrounding areas over the coming years.
“At a time when tough decisions are being made about cuts to public expenditure, this is welcome news,” the TD added.