Health Minister Tells Coonan a Redeployment of Resources ‘Will be Examined’

Deputy Noel Coonan urgently contacted Health Minister James Reilly on Monday morning regarding bed closures in the Hospital of the Assumption and the Dean Maxwell Home outlining his deep discontent over the cutbacks and asked that the situation be immediately reviewed.

Deputy Noel Coonan urgently contacted Health Minister James Reilly on Monday morning regarding bed closures in the Hospital of the Assumption and the Dean Maxwell Home outlining his deep discontent over the cutbacks and asked that the situation be immediately reviewed.

In response, Minister Reilly said a redeployment of resources will be examined and he has sought information from the HSE on all proposed bed closures nationally as a matter of urgency.

The local Fine Gael TD had an in-depth discussion this morning (Tuesday) with HSE Management and the Director of Nursing where it was unilaterally agreed that it is disproportionate for 22 short stay beds to be lost in Thurles in comparison to the numbers lost in Counties Limerick or Clare where they have a higher compliment of beds. It was also agreed that the disproportionate measure will lead to no further future bed losses in Thurles.

“The crux of the issue is the recruitment embargo which was put in place in 2008/09 by the previous Fianna Fáil Government supported by Deputy Michael Lowry. The effects of that embargo are now coming home to roost. These unfortunate cutbacks also stem from the IMF/EU deal signed up to by Deputy Michael Lowry and Fianna Fáil in Government who have left the country bankrupt. The HSE has already overspent in the Mid West and cannot provide adequate levels of staffing to keep the beds open,” said the local Fine Gael TD.

“Minister James Reilly will carry out a full review and I will highlight this unjust measure with the Minister when I meet with him this week. The Minister has sought information from the HSE on all proposed bed closures nationally as a matter of urgency and when these are received a full submission will be made to the Minister in this matter,” concluded Deputy Coonan.