Families need guarantees and clarity on the future of St Patricks Rehab Unit – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has asked the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to immediately investigate what is the exact status of the Rehabilitation Unit at St Patrick’s Hospital, Cashel. Deputy McGrath was speaking after Minister Harris confirmed to him during the Dáil Order of Business that he was unaware of any plans to close the unit despite claims by Deputy Michael Lowry that the Unit was set to transfer 18 of its elderly patients to South Tipperary General Hospital this coming Friday:

“This is an absurd situation. The families of the elderly residents at St Patrick’s are having to put up with claims and counter claims regarding the future of the Unit and it is causing significant distress to all concerned.

They, and the wider community that the Unit serves deserve to know what substance, if any, there is to these rumours.

If the Unit is set to transfer 18 vulnerable patients to STGH, then that surely would represent a blatant failure of care given the chronic lack of capacity at the Hospital.

If there are other underlying issues around recruitment and retention then they need to be addressed as a matter of priority.

The excellent staff at St Patrick’s are managing to maintain the very highest standard of care during this period of confusion; but they to need to know what is going on internally within the HSE especially In terms of any proposals to close or reduce the functions or capacity of the Unit,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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