Minister Harris’s Cashel visit must finally end step-down bed saga – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the news that Minister for Health Simon Harris is set to visit Our Lady’s Hospital in Cashel. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he had pressed the Minister on several occasions to urgently address the long running issue of step-down bed facilities at the hospital and which have been promised since services at Our Lady’s were finally transferred to South Tipperary General Hospital in 2007:

“I am delighted that Minister Harris is going to visit Our Lady’s Hospital where he can he finally see for himself the reasons why I and others have been calling for this matter to be prioritised.

The fact is that although two new reconstructions at a total cost of €10.15 and €12.6 million have been spent on Our Lady’s we are still no nearer to a definitive solution to the step-down bed saga.

The Minister must face the fact that that it is simply incomprehensible to have such state of the art facilities effectively lying idle when they are capable of easing the pressures on South Tipp General.

I will also be raising the issue of the HSE’s six-year capital plan for 2016 to 2021 which includes plans to replace the current St. Patrick’s Hospital in Cashel with a 100-bed community nursing unit.

The needs of those in long stay care and those in need of other kinds of geriatric and specialist attention has also got to be prioritised.

I will be urging the Minister to direct the HSE to finally make these long over-due step down beds a reality,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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