Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health, Billy Kelleher TD, has reacted to the news that a liquidator has been appointed to Mount Carmel Hospital in Dublin with the loss of 300 jobs.

Deputy Kelleher commented: “My thoughts are with the staff and patients at Mount Carmel hospital at this difficult time, the sudden nature of this announcement will come as a shock to the staff and their families.

“There are a number of issues that need to be addressed immediately to secure the safety of patients at the hospital. I am calling on hospital management, liquidators and the HSE to ensure there is a very clear flow of information to patients as to how they will be accommodated.

“There will be a considerable amount of concern by patients, which is entirely understandable, and every step must be taken to alleviate these concerns.

“There needs to be a seamless transition for all in-patients at the hospital to other facilities, while expectant women must be provided with immediate updates as to what hospital or facility they can attend.

“Elective surgeries have been cancelled and we need to see their immediate rescheduling, patients cannot be the ones to suffer in this situation.

“I am calling for a special helpline to be set-up where patients and their loved ones can receive immediate information regarding treatment.

“The key is to put these measures in place without delay and I would hope hospital management, the HSE and the liquidator can work together to minimise the disruption for patients.”