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Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary slammed the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, for his lack of “competence” during a chaotic week following significant health cuts announced last week. The deputy also condemned the cancellation of meeting which was scheduled to take place yesterday (Thursday) between Mayo deputies and HSE West management.
HSE West issued a statement on Monday last to advise the public that the Emergency Department at Mayo General Hospital had been extremely busy over the weekend, with a high number of patients requiring admission on Monday morning and requesting only those presenting in real emergencies to attend.
Mayo General Hospital is under huge pressure this week as staff experience increased demand for services from members of the public.
Plans for the long awaited upgrade of several departments in St Luke’s General Hospital were revealed earlier this week at a media briefing at the Education Centre at the hospital. The new development is expected to get underway in September of this year.
I hate to be cynical. But one might not blame me for being a little bit unconvinced about the recent announcement that St Luke’s is to finally get the upgrade that it has been waiting for, for the past decade.
Roscommon Hospital Action Committee has this week called for an independent inquiry into the Health Service Executive West for what they describe as “budgeting blunders” which left the HSE West needing €50 million in savings by the end of the year to remain within budget.
Mayo is not a safe place to get seriously ill this winter because the ambulance service is undergoing huge cutbacks.
The accident and emergency department at St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny is safe according to local Fianna Fail Councillor John Coonan, who is also a member of the HSE South.
Fianna Fail TD Bobby Aylward, has raised reports about the possible downgrading of St Luke’s Hospital at the Oireachtas Health Committee.