HSE must sit down and discuss challenges facing Clare Health Services – BREEN

September 13th, 2011 - Pat Breen

Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs & Trade & Clare T.D. Pat Breen has today (Tuesday) expressed his disappointment with decision to close 5 short stay beds at Raheen Hospital in Tuamgraney given the important role that the Hospital has for the care of older people in East Clare. Deputy Breen will be visiting Raheen Hospital in the near future to discuss this situation and he will also be seeking assurances from the HSE that these closures will only be temporary Deputy Breen is urging the HSE to sit down with the Minister for Health James Reilly TD, local public representatives; staff and local stakeholders to discuss the serious challenges facing the HSE in terms of budgetary constraints and impending staff retirements in the Health service right across County Clare so that “every effort is made to minimise the impact of any cuts on frontline services.”

“I am very disappointed with the decision to close 5 beds at the Raheen Community Hospital in Tuamgraney particularly given the important role that the Hospital has for the care of older people in East Clare. Since the Hospital began providing services in 1973 the emphasis there has very much been on caring for the patient. It is a fantastic facility which provides a range of services for older people living in East Clare including in-patient long and short stay accommodation, respite and palliative care and has a Day Care Centre which is supported by older people from throughout the area.”

“These older people have paid their taxes all their lives. The least they deserve is to have a facility like Raheen Hospital where they can avail of a range of services locally without having to travel miles away from theiorary Deputy Breen is urging the HSE to sit down with the Minister for Health James Reilly TD, local public representatives; staff and local stakeholders to discuss the serious challenges facing the HSE in terms of budgetary constraints and impending staff retirements in the Health service right across County Clare so that “every effort is made to minimise the impact of any cuts on frontline services.”

“I am very disappointed with the decision to close 5 beds at the Raheen Community Hospital in Tuamgraney particularly given the important role that the Hospital has for the care of older people in East Clare. Since the Hospital began providing services in 1973 the emphasis there has very much been on caring for the patient. It is a fantastic facility which provides a range of services for older people living in East Clare including in-patient long and short stay accommodation, respite and palliative care and has a Day Care Centre which is supported by older people from throughout the area.”

“These older people have paid their taxes all their lives. The