Fianna Fáil TD for Wicklow Stephen Donnelly TD has criticised HSE management for its approach in dealing with the case of Andrew O’Malley who was left paralysed following a freak accident in the gym.

Andrew was left relying on a ventilator and paralysed from the neck down following his accident in December 2016. He has been left stranded in the National Rehabilitation Hospital since then as the HSE have been unable to secure suitable accommodation for him.

Deputy Donnelly said, “The approach taken by HSE management in this case is nothing short of shambolic. Andrew was transferred to the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in June last year and given a discharge date of September 13th. However he is still in the NRH as HSE management have been unable to secure adequate accommodation to support his needs.

“The delay in discharging Andrew from the NRH is delaying his recovery. He needs access to a step down facility with the proper supports in place to help him on his road to recovery. The staff in the NRH have been doing a fantastic job under very difficult circumstances, but he is currently stuck in limbo as he has been left with nowhere to go. It’s deeply disappointing and a major source of frustration for Andrew and his family.

“I have been in contact with the clinical team in the HSE on a number of occasions to discuss the care plan for Andrew. Unfortunately I haven’t been given any satisfactory answers regarding how Andrew’s care will be handled in the months ahead. It’s a frustrating situation as Andrew is ready to be discharged from the NRH but the lack of planning by HSE management is preventing this from occurring.

“Minister Harris needs to examine this case and determine why HSE management have been unable to do their job. I’m worried that there are similar cases out there that we haven’t heard about yet,” concluded Deputy Donnelly.