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Deputy Crowe attends meeting in support of St Brigid’s nursing home

29 November, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Dublin South West Sinn Féin TD Sean Crowe attended a meeting in Tallaght on Monday night with over 200 people who are opposed to the closure of St Brigid’s Nursing Home in Crooksling, County Dublin. The meeting included contributions from representatives’ of the families who have loved ones living in St Brigid’s.
Deputy Crowe said; “One of the big concerns voiced at the meeting was the fear that people currently resident in St Brigid’s Nursing Home have nowhere appropriate to move to if the HSE proceeds with it decision to close the Crooksling facility. There are 66 high dependency patients where suitable care must be provided by the State.
“This is unacceptable, particularly in light of remarks made at the meeting by Dr Maire Nic Ghearailt who worked at Crooksling for two years. She pointed out that medical research shows that there is a two fold increase in the mortality rate of nursing home residents within the first 90 days after they are moved from long-term care. The people who have loved ones in St Brigit’s are very worried at the impact this closure will have.
“The decision to close St Brigid’s makes no financial sense, no medical sense and makes no sense to the families and staff of the home. It has provided care for generations of people some of whom have spent most of their lives in the home. We are talking about a very vulnerable group people with complex conditions and who are dependent on specialised care.

“The massive show of support at this week’s meeting is an indication the families of residents and supporters of the nursing home are determined to act collectively and oppose the HSE decision. As a locally elected representative I stands full square behind them and I wish to commend the organisers’ of the campaign for their efforts in ensuring St Brigid’s, which is recognised as one of the best nursing homes in the country, remains open.”

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