Confirmation that 59 beds are to close in County Mayo public nursing homes and districts hospitals has been met with ‘gross concern’ and ‘dismay’ by local Fianna Fáil TD Deputy Dara Calleary.
The bed closures, spread across six facilities in Mayo, including Belmullet and Swinford District Hospitals, The Sacred Heart Hospital Castlebar, St. Augustine’s Ballina, The McBride Nursing Home Westport and The Dalton Facility Claremorris, are being blamed on the Government’s moratorium on recruitment of frontline staff.
“It is grossly unfair, unjust and unacceptable that the HSE should proceed with these bed closures in these facilities which are in huge demand across County Mayo.”
“59 beds are to be closed out of a total of 409 in the county and this is unacceptable. Older people should not, under any circumstance, have to bear the brunt of HSE cutbacks, and infact the HSE are guilty of not promoting these fantastic community facilities adequately enough,”according to Deputy Calleary.
“It is of paramount importance that the care of older people be protected and nurtured and I am calling upon the Minister for Health and the HSE to ensure that these community facilities are maintained and developed,” said Deputy Calleary.