The Mayor of North Tipperary, Councillor Michéal Lowry has expressed grave concern over the lack of information being provided by Minister Reilly further to the commitment he gave to re-open respite beds in the Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles by the end of January 2012.
As a result of Mayor Lowry raising this issue at the monthly meeting of North Tipperary County Council last week a letter was sent to the Minister from the Council, seeking an up-date as to whether these beds will re-open, and if so, when. However no response has been received from the Minister further to this letter.
Mayor Lowry stated that;
“We are now in a position whereby the end of January is only a few days away yet the Minister is ominously silent on this issue. A firm commitment was given by him when a delegation from the Community Hospital of the Assumption Action group visited him in Leinster House last November. This commitment was not merely to revisit the issue but rather he pledged to reconfigure services and reinstate the beds that were lost last year. With only a few days remaining prior to the end of January I am concerned that the Minister will not follow through on this promise.”
“The Minister gave a firm commitment in advance of the 2012 Budget. As such I feel it would be grossly unacceptable for him to refuse to stand by his promise and blame budgetary or other constraints for the beds not being returned to the Community Hospital. As far as I am concerned a promise was given by the Minister despite current economic difficulties and this must be honoured.”
To read more about Mayor Lowry comments please see this week’s Tipperary Star