CONCERNS that a unit of St Patrick’s Hospital in Cashel might close with the loss of 23 beds, were allayed at this month’s meeting of South Tipperary County Council.
About six weeks ago, fears had grown that staff were not being replaced at St Patrick’s Hospital. Concerns were also expressed that Claire’s Unit could close, with the loss of 23 beds for the elderly.
Cllr Séan McCarthy said there had been “some concern” about the beds. Cllr McCarthy, Cllr Liam Ahearne, Cllr Seanie Lonergan, and Cllr Mary Hanna Hourigan are members of the Southern Forum of the HSE.
Cllr McCarthy said he had received “absolute complete assurances from Anne Marie Lanigan (a Department Manager of HSE South East).” Ms Lanigan did concede that there were some closures on a temporary basis due to “overruns.” Rather than having “two or three” beds closed in this ward or that, they had decided to amalgamate the closures into one area, explained Cllr McCarthy, who is also a medical practitioner. “They gave complete reassurances that the status quo will be restored.” This should happen by the end of the year.
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