Fianna Fáil T.D. for Cavan/Monaghan Brendan Smith has sought assurances from the Government that care services for older people in Co Cavan will be protected. Deputy Smith raised the issue in the Dáil with the Minister of State for Disability, Equality and Mental Health Kathleen Lynch T.D. In particular, he outlined local concerns about the future of services at the Lisdarn Unit on the campus of Cavan General Hospital.  

There are currently 44 patients in Lisdarn, with 6 beds of these beds for respite care. Deputy Smith told the Dáil that there had been substantial State investment Lisdarn to upgrade the facilities and boost the quality of patient care.                                     

The local Deputy said, “The Lisdarn unit plays a critical role in the care of the elderly in my county. It is necessary to make maximum use of the unit. There can be no reduction in the level of service provided in the nursing unit.

“I seek an assurance from the Minister that there will be no reduction in the level of services or bed capacity of the Lisdarn unit. Making the maximum use of the nursing unit will contribute to the HSE’s own goal of optimising the provision of quality care.

“The families who have loved ones being cared for to a very high standard in the Lisdarn unit seek an assurance on its future and the level of services to be provided there. Similarly, all the staff deserve to know the exact position.”

Deputy Smith paid tribute to the staff working in the HSE nursing units in Lisdarn, Ballyconnell and Virginia for delivering a highly professional and excellent standard of care. He said he has known many families who very much appreciate the care and attention given to their loves ones. He said these centres and the private nursing homes each play a pivotal role in healthcare provision in the county and it is vital this role is recognised and protected.