No funding decision for Waterford palliative care 'unacceptable' - David Cullinane TD
Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane, has said there are no excuses for the lack of joined-up planning on the proposed new palliative care unit at University Hospital Waterford (UHW), and that the delay in the hiring of staff is unacceptable.
Deputy Cullinane said:
"I received a letter today from the HSE informing me that there will be a delay in the opening of new palliative care facilities at UHW as a budget for the unit has not been allocated.
"I do not understand why this is the case.
"Both HSE and CHO management have known about the new unit, that it was coming down the line, so to stand here today and tell me that they are waiting for a budget allocation simply does not make any sense.
"Why wasn't there a joined-up approach to this?
"Over €6m was raised locally for the unit, with matching funds from the state.
"According to the HSE no staff can be hired until the budget is signed off on.
"Yet I have not been told why that has not happened as of yet.
"I asked how many staff were due to be hired and the HSE cannot even tell me that.
"This is unacceptable. The people of Waterford and the South East deserve better. This unit is needed today. It needs to be staffed. The funds need to be released."