Campaign to Save Roscrea Nursing Home

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to keep open all of the beds at the Dean Maxwell Nursing Home in Roscrea, after the HSE announced that it is to cut over a quarter of the beds at the centre.

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to keep open all of the beds at the Dean Maxwell Nursing Home in Roscrea, after the HSE announced that it is to cut over a quarter of the beds at the centre.

On Thursday last week, it emerged from the HSE’s service plan for 2012 that seven of the 27 beds at the home are to go this year. Members of the public are being urged to attend a protest march to save the home, on March 3rd on Barrack Hill, Main Street, at 11am.

Chairman of the Dean Maxwell Unit Support Group, Fr Michael Harding, told the Tipperary Star that any removal of services would be a huge upheaval for the residents, some of whom are elderly and requiring constant medical care. “I don’t think it’s in danger of closing,” said Fr Harding, who is Chaplain of the unit. “But it’s causing huge stress and anxiety. They would be fearful about it. Some of them told me they would go and march for it themselves if they could. There’s a very strong feeling about it.”

Photo shows John Lupton, Campaign Spokesman

See page 1 of this week’s Tipperary Star for more on this story.