The health services in Nenagh and surrounding areas are facing a crucial few weeks with unconfirmed reports of jobs going at Nenagh Hospital as staff take early retirement before the end of February and uncertainty surrounding the fate of St Conlon’s Community Nursing Unit.
It has been reported that around 600 community care beds will go nationally under the HSE Services Plan, but, according to Junior Minister Alan Kelly no decision had yet been made on where those beds will be lost.
“The Minister for Health, James Reilly, has said that he will look at the situation on a case by case basis, and examine every possible mechanism to keep those beds locally,” he said. “If people can put together a plan he’ll look at it.”
Meanwhile, the Tipperary Star understand that 20 nursing staff are scheduled to leave Nenagh Hospital before the end of February under the Croke Park deal. This would amount to 20 per cent of the nursing staff and there are fears it could have implications for many areas, including the A&E department. However, with some other staff returning from leave, it is estimated that the total staff loss will be 13.
Full report in this week’s Tipperary Star