Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Taoiseach to honour commitments he gave during the government formation talks to visit South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH).
Deputy McGrath was speaking after STGH experienced one of its worst weeks in a number of years with respect to the volume of patients on trolleys: “I have written to the Taoiseach this morning asking him to fulfil the assurances he gave to me during the talks in terms of his visiting STGH.
During the talks I had been consistently highlighting to him and indeed to senior members of the government negotiation team that we were in urgent need of investment to cope with persistent infrastructure and capacity issues. Those were issues which the Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald explicitly acknowledged and accepted when I raised the matter with her during Leaders Questions in June. The Tánaiste also assured me that the capacity issues would be dealt with as part of a review of capital funding which was about to take place. I want to know if that review has occurred and if so how is it going to impact STGH. I have also written to the Minister for Health Simon Harris and asked him to prioritise and escalate this matter given the fact that we are clearly now in serious, serious difficulty.
I am aware that STGH is working on the relocation of the Outpatients Department to the former St Michaels unit and that the hospital is currently working with HSE estates in relation to a number of options for additional capacity. Those are issues which in and of themselves need to be urgently addressed and discussed,” concluded Deputy McGrath.