Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has called for a special meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on Health to discuss the closure of Mount Carmel Hospital.  Deputy Kelleher has said the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), along with staff representatives and officials from the Department of Health should attend the hearing.

Deputy Kelleher said: “I have spoken with the Chairman of the Health Committee and written to the Clerk seeking an urgent meeting on the closure of Mount Carmel Hospital with the loss of hundreds of jobs.  Mount Carmel plays an extremely important and valuable role in healthcare in Dublin and its closure will cause huge pressure for the public hospital system.  Aside from maternity care, Mount Carmel also provides essential services such as orthopaedics, renal care, cardiac care, paediatric surgical care and urology. It also has a very busy diagnostic day unit.

“I would like to see NAMA, the owner of Mount Carmel Gerry Conlan, staff representatives and officials from the Department of Health attend the committee to discuss the closure and what possible options there are now for the hospital.  The reality is the closure of Mount Carmel will have a profound impact on other hospitals.  At a time when budgets are being slashed and the heads of the major public hospitals in Dublin are already sounding warnings about the pressure in the health care system, the last thing we need is a hospital closing down.”