Minister “Hopeful” Thurles Hospital Beds Can Be Re-Opened

Local TD Noel Coonan met with Health Minister James Reilly on Tuesday night of last week when the Minister indicated that he is “hopeful the interim care beds in the Community Hospital of the Assumption could be reopened and fully utilized” as this would underpin the move from Acute and Nursing Homes to primary and community delivered care.

Local TD Noel Coonan met with Health Minister James Reilly on Tuesday night of last week when the Minister indicated that he is “hopeful the interim care beds in the Community Hospital of the Assumption could be reopened and fully utilized” as this would underpin the move from Acute and Nursing Homes to primary and community delivered care.

“I personally sought an urgent meeting with the Minister to discuss the budget for HSE Mid West and local health issues of concern to me such as the situation at the Hospital of the Assumption,” said Deputy Coonan.

“The Minister at very short notice agreed to meet with me and other concerned Fine Gael TDs and Senators. I had a good discussion with the Minister. A report examining the funding for the Mid West is due out soon and I will be meeting the Minister again.

“The Minister is very aware of the situation in the Hospital of Assumption Thurles,” continued Mr. Coonan.

Alongside the meeting, the Minister provided a written reply to Deputy Coonan’s concerns saying: “The Minister did indicate that, in line with Government policy, he would be hopeful that the interim care beds could be reopened and fully utilized as this would underpin the move from Acute and Nursing Homes to primary and community delivered care”.

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