Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health & Children, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, has called on the HSE to deliver on its commitment to increase facilities for patients with cystic fibrosis at St Vincent’s Hospital.
Speaking in light of revelations that five patients were refused admission to the new dedicated unit at the hospital because of bed shortages, Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“It is clear from reports from St Vincent’s Hospital that the new dedicated facility for patients with cystic fibrosis, in the Nutley Wing of the hospital, is not sufficient. This fact has been acknowledged and agreed by the Cystic Fibrosis Association (CFA), the HSE and the hospital, with an agreement to extend the existing facility already in place.
“Today, in the Dáil, I was unsuccessful in my attempt to have this urgent matter addressed by way of topical issue debate. I am calling on the HSE to deliver on its agreed commitment to extend the facility’s capacity to 34 beds.”