Fianna Fáil Councillor Tommy Morgan has described the fact that just thirty-eight individuals turned up at a recent public meeting to discuss Nenagh Hospital at the Abbey Court Hotel as a “total disgrace”.
The issue of the public meeting was raised by Sinn Féin Councillor Séamus Morris at last week’s meeting of Nenagh Town Council. And, during a lengthy discussion on the matter Cllr Morgan, who could not attend the public meeting for personal reasons, said that Ireland was “finished as a nation”.
Cllr Morris suggested that there was “general agreement” that “Nenagh Hospital is not a hospital anymore. Nenagh Hospital is not allowed to save lives anymore,.”Cllr Morris also argued that a campaign should be mounted to persuade HIQUA (Health Information & Quality Authority) to review the services provided by Limerick Regional Hospital.
Cllr Morris said that the “so-called centre of excellence” was not “working as promised”.
“The one thing we want to come out of this is a united front,” Cllr Morris said.
“We have a right to find out if the centre of excellence is working like we were told it would,” Cllr Morris added.
“Our next step is to put pressure on our local TDs to request HIQUA to look at the situation in Limerick,” Séamus Morris insisted.
In response Mayor Lalor McGee (Labour) described Nenagh Hospital as “only another ward of the Regional” before admitting that he “can’t see HIQUA going in there”.
“HIQUA are a law onto themselves,” Cllr Lalor McGee said.
Labour Councillor Virginia O’Dowd indicated that “Nenagh Hospital isn’t the problem, the problem is Limerick”.
“That’s what we have to hone in on,” Cllr O’Dowd added.
Fine Gael Councillor Tom Moylan asked his fellow councillors to “be careful not to talk down Nenagh Hospital” while his party colleague Conor Delaney said that “it is our responsibility to make sure that Nenagh Hospital is plugged and promoted for the services that are there”.
“You can’t take anything for granted and if you want to protect something you have to shout and roar and scream about it,” Cllr Conor Delaney said.
“We have to fight for Nenagh Hospital,” Conor Delaney added.
Cllr Morris concluded the discussion when he said that “if you could reason with the HSE (Health Service Executive) we would all be a lot better off”.