Spend On Our Lady’s Hospital Cashel May Be Referred To Public Accounts Committee – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has indicated that he may have to refer the reconstruction costs associated with Our Lady’s Hospital Cashel (OLH) to the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Deputy McGrath said he is making the comments pending final confirmation from the Southern/South East Health Forum that the three storey hospital will in fact never admit patients to beds within the facility:

“What is becoming ever clearer is the fact that since surgical services at Our Lady’s were finally transferred to South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH) in 2007, the people of the area have been given the complete run around by the HSE.

On countless occasions we were promised the delivery of up to 25 Step-Down beds to try and relieve the chronic pressure within STGH.

Indeed former Fine Gael Minister Tom Hayes explicitly made that commitment several times. Although I believe that he gave those assurances in good faith, it is clear that he too was being led up the garden path by the HSE.

Two new reconstructions at a total cost of €10.15 and €12.6 million have been spent on Our Lady’s since 2009. As I understand it this is almost €7 million over the original €15 million budget, as it was outlined in a 2009 Regional Health Forum-South-Report.

This is a massive sum of money that must be justified in light of what we are now hearing about the hospital never again being in a position to put a single patient on a bed.

I have submitted further Parliamentary Questions to the Minister for Health seeking definitive answers about the long term plans for the Hospital.

In any event, the more we delve into this matter the murkier it is becoming. Tens of millions have been spent and we are not an inch closer to receiving the step-down beds, nor any other kind of bed for that matter.

In light of this, I will, without hesitation, refer this matter to PAC so that they can call in the HSE and demand clarity and accountability for what is increasingly looking like a reckless waste of public money,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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