Pat Buckley TD slams Fermoy community hospital cuts
Sinn Féin TD for East Cork, Pat Buckley has slammed the HSE this week as it emerged that vital respite services in Fermoy Community Hospital are facing cuts.
Deputy Buckley said;
"This is another debacle that shows the incompetence of the HSE when it comes to management or rather the lack thereof.
"Questions need to be asked of the HSE’s failure to fill a position following a vacancy in a medical officers position to which the management have been aware of sine this past summer.
"The issues raised recently in this weeks Prime Time Investigates programme have once again highlighted these very concerns.
"Fermoy Community Hospital is one such hospital where HSE bad practice is having a detrimental effect on patients where beds have been laying idle due to staffing crisis and vital respite services have been cut.
"At present 14 short stay beds have been effected which consists of 9 respite beds and 5 acute beds.
"It’s shocking to think that services users in Fermoy’s Community Hospital in East Cork will now be offered alternative arrangements in North Cork.
"This will put so much extra strain on family members who will now possibly have to drive miles and miles out of their way just to visit family members and this is not acceptable.
"On Wednesday 22nd of November, I had a brief meeting with the Minister for Health and questioned Minister Harris if he was aware that closures of some kind were effecting Fermoy Community Hospital.
"Minister Harris' first reaction was that he was not aware of anything in regards to Fermoy Community Hospital. However, he did assure me the he would look into it.
"In the meantime I have submitted a number of Parliamentary Questions regarding the very serious situation in Fermoy.
"These scenarios are not exclusive to East Cork and at the most recent meeting of the Future Of Mental Healthcare I vigorously questioned the HSE about the management of funding where almost a billion euro has been invested in the services, but very little accountability and transparency seems to exist.
"I am still is awaiting communication from the HSE’s Communications department to seek more clarity and see if this very serious issue can be resolved as soon as possible."