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Operating Theatre at Naas General Hospital lies closed since 2002 - Louise O'Reilly TD

9 August, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly has said it is outrageous that an operating theatre in Naas General Hospital has lay closed since the hospital opened in 2002.

Speaking this afternoon, Deputy O’Reilly said:

“The issue of closed or non-operational medical facilities in hospitals across the state is a significant concern. Not only have these facilities cost millions to construct but they also offer an answer to significant waiting lists across the state.  

“I had been informed by concerned patients and staff at Naas General Hospital that there was an idle operating theatre. Therefore, I submitted a Parliamentary Question to the Health Service Executive to ascertain what the situation was.

“The response I received was quite shocking. The HSE informed me that at Naas General Hospital:

  • 'One operating theatre has not been commissioned since the hospital opened in 2002 due to staffing and funding deficits.'
“The Operating Department at the hospital is of huge significance for Naas and the surrounding area given that the hospital serves the catchment area of Kildare and West-Wicklow with a population of over a quarter of a million people.

“However, the most concern stems from the fact that Naas General Hospital has an outpatient waiting list of 6,538 people.  

“This raises serious questions for both the HSE and the Minister for Health – why, in the middle of the worst ever recorded number of patients on waiting lists, have the requisite resources not been forthcoming to ensure an operating theatre in a public hospital can be used?"

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