Future of Clare’s Nursing Homes Secure – BREEN

February 1st, 2012 - Pat Breen

Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs & Trade Pat Breen said today (Wednesday) that he has now been informed that following the HSE review of the Long Term Nursing Homes that no nursing home in Clare is to close.

“Fears had been expressed that given that the HSE were reviewing the future of Long Term Nursing Homes in the Mid-West Region that the future of our facilities in Regina House in Kilrush, at Raheen Hospital in Tuamgraney and at Ennistymon Hospital and at St. Joseph’s Hospital could close. There was a lot of scare mongering by the Opposition and unfounded speculation over the past few months regarding their future and I am delighted to be able to reassure the Staff, patients and their families that the future of these Hospitals is secure.”

“I welcome the fact that the future of our Nursing Homes has been clarified particularly against the backdrop of the HSE having to operate with a reduced budget of €50 million for this year. And I would like to pay tribute and compliment the Staff working in HSE non acute Section for achieving savings in this area given this reduced budget which has contributed to this decision.”

“I understand from the HSE that the situation in the Long Term Nursing Home area will be kept under review for the remainder of the year and that hopefully no further bed closures will be necessary but this will be dependent on a number of factors; namely an unanticipated increase in Sick Leave or further staff departures from the service or other changed circumstances.”

“While there will no Nursing Home closures in Clare, I understand in the short-term 19 beds at St Joseph’s Hospital in Ennis will be closed for refurbishment. I have been assured that 11 of these beds will be re-opened after six weeks with the remaining 8 beds re-opening after a further six weeks.”

“I have lobbied extensively over the past number of months to the Health Minister James Reilly and the HSE and I have pointed out the importance of our Long Stay Nursing Homes and the vital role that they play in our Communities and I am delighted that the future of these Nursing Homes has now been confirmed and that the people of Clare now have certainty regarding the future of these facilities going forward.”