As the blame game continues this week over the proposed closure of 22 beds at the Thurles Community Hospital of the Assumption by the Health Service Executive, moves are now underway to get the decision of Health Minister James Reilly overturned on the basis that the cuts are hugely disproportionate.
A public meeting is to be held on Monday evening next in the Tipperary Institute at 7:00pm and members of the public are being asked to come along and vent their anger at the proposal which will see sections of the state-of-the-art hospital abandoned, only four years after it was opened amid much fanfare. Members of staff are expected to attend along with public representatives, many of whom have been accused this week of making a political football out of the issue, with sixteen agency nurses set to lose their jobs as part of the cutbacks.
Indeed, there has been much finger pointing among elected members over the last week which has led to considerable negative comment from the general public who feel that they would be better served if the political elements were working together rather than sniping against each other.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.