Financial crisis could close Cobh Hospital in 5 weeks if Harris doesn't act - Pat Buckley TD
Sinn Féin TD for Cork East Pat Buckley has called on the Minister for Health Simon Harris to act immediately to address the financial crisis at Cobh Community Hospital in order to ensure it remains open.
Teachta Buckley was responding to the news reported by the Irish Nurses and Midwifes Organisation (INMO) that the hospital has just 5 more weeks of funding for 2019. The hospital is a vital local service which can only operate with adequate HSE funding and currently has 44 patients resident on site.
Deputy Buckley said;
“This is simple and clear. Cobh Community Hospital has not been adequately funded for the year and this cannot stand.
"The hospital is absolutely essential to the local community, its closure would be a massive loss and would also represent a serious concern for the 44 patients currently resident there. These 44 beds would have to be accommodated elsewhere in the system.
"That means finding 44 beds within the catchment area which can be staffed immediately. That is not likely to happen and would not serve any benefit to patient care or the wider health system.
"Today I wrote to the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD asking him to guarantee adequate funding for Cobh Community Hospital and to meet with local representatives, management, staff and the INMO especially in order to develop a plan for the future of the hospital, its funding and services.
"I and my party Sinn Féin will support the people of Cobh, the INMO and its members working in the hospital to keep the services open, to guarantee funding and to ensure that the hospital has a future.”