Fianna Fáil TD for Tipperary, Jackie Cahill has said that the Public Accounts Committee Investigation into Our Lady’s Hospital is a demonstration of the failure of the HSE to use their resources appropriately and effectively.

“The fact that there was €7 million overrun in the refurbishment of the hospital, and that no patients are being treated or cared for, is a shocking indictment of the HSE, and Fine Gael in government.

“There has been chronic overcrowding at South Tipperary General Hospital every year for the past five years.

“Before my election to the Dáil, and since, I have called repeatedly for Our Lady’s in Cashel to be re-opened, staffed appropriately, and allowed to provide care for the many patients in STGH who while needing medical and nursing care do not require acute levels of support.

“Minister Harris must use the opportunity being provided by the PAC investigation to acknowledge that a mistake was made not to keep Our Lady’s open, and that the best way to realise the State’s investment in the hospital is to let it treat and care for patients.

“Yesterday, 27 people were lying on trolleys, waiting to be admitted to a ward, at South Tipperary General Hospital. Does the Minister really believe that opening up Our Lady’s in Cashel, and moving the non-acute patients from STGH, won’t get rid of this overcrowding?

“It’s time Minister Harris stopped spinning about his plans to deal with the overcrowding crisis, think outside the box, and use the facilities already built and paid for by the taxpayer to end the scandal of ED overcrowding,” concluded Cahill.