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Crowe addresses rally to save St Brigid’s Nursing Home

19 December, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Dublin South West Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe yesterday spoke at a rally in Blessington Co Wicklow called to prevent the imminent closure of St Brigid’s nursing home in Crooksling.

Deputy Crowe said:

“This Government is ruling by fooling. They tell us that austerity is working, that cuts to teachers in education is helpful and that the closure of St Brigids Nursing Home is good for patients, staff and the healthcare system.

“They may have fooled some people by saying they were an alternative and would approach things differently than their predecessors in Fianna Fáil and the Green Party.

“The closure of public nursing homes across the state is parroting Mary Harney’s agenda of private health care and has nothing to do with long term patient care for the elderly.

“There are many unanswered questions surrounding the closure of this particular nursing home.

“A small fortune has been spent on upgrading the facility. The care is second to none and a real community exists on the site.

“Many in the medical profession feel it isn't in the day or long term patients’ best interests to move from Crooksling.

“The move may have profound health implications for patients and will end up costing the Health Service and Irish taxpayers even more money as many of the 66 high dependency residents will need specialised care that isn't available in any alternative public facility.

“There are also genuine fears amongst families that adequate alternative care will not be provided in any new facility considering the lack of high dependency beds available in the Dublin /West Wicklow /Kildare area.

“For decades, St Brigid’s has provided long term care for a very vulnerable group of women, many of whom spent most of their lives in the home. Being forced to move will cause significant disruption and disorientation to the patients, a point I emphasised at today’s rally.

“The short-sighted decision to close this nursing home is even harder to understand considering it has had an excellent care reputation.

“Come early January huge pressure will again be heaped on family members of the patients in St Brigid’s to move their loved ones.

“It will be a difficult decision but if they decide to fight the closure, the people of Dublin Wicklow and Kildare will stand shoulder to shoulder with them.” ENDS

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