Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry, John Brassil has said that he is not hopeful that a dedicated obstetrics theatre at University Hospital Kerry will be opened anytime soon based on a response he received from the HSE.

Deputy Brassil who serves as his party’s Spokesperson on Primary Care was commenting after questioning the Minister and the HSE on the status of the capital submission made by the South / South West Hospital Group for a dedicated obstetrics theatre at the hospital.

“The response is less than promising if I am being honest. While the HSE says that it is a priority, no timeline, other than saying it will be completed as part of the HSE Capital Investment Programme 2017 – 2026, was given to me.

“It seems to me that the project is stuck in limbo and unless priority is given to it by the Government, it will not see any progress any time soon.

“At present, the majority of expectant mothers will deliver their babies in the hospital’s Labour Ward. However, if complications arise and a C-section is required, these will be performed in one of the hospitals general theatres,” added the Fianna Fáil deputy.

“Not only are these not designed for obstetric procedures, they take up valuable time in the general theatre for emergencies and other elective surgeries.

“There is an urgent need to have a dedicated obstetrics theatre. I will raise this issue in the Dáil with the Minister for Health, Simon Harris as it’s too important an issue to ignore,” concluded Brassil.