THE reopening of the orthopaedic elective ward at the Midlands Regional hospital, Tullamore was warmly welcomed.
Sinn Fein councillor, Brendan Killeavy, believes the funding was secured from the new Special Delivery Unit, which has replaced the National Treatment Purchase Fund [NTPF] to carry out approximately 100 knee and hip replacement operations at the hospital in Tullamore between now and the end of the year.
“This is very good news for patients and for the hospital, which will see theatres and beds reopen to facilitate these operations. I have been campaigning on this issue for several years, arguing that public monies should be used in public hospitals as much as possible, and not in private hospitals where the cost to the taxpayer is much greater and there is no after care provided for the patient in the private hospitals.”
While welcoming the news, Cllr Killeavy is still requesting a meeting with hospital management to clarification on what level of services are going to be provided to members of the public at the hospital given that the hospital is in a financial deficit so far this year.
“The previous hospital management also gave a commitment to the Town Councillors last year that a New Medical Assessment Unit would be opened in the hospital. This would help to elevate the waiting times for patients who attend our A/E Department and improve the service, so far this has not happened. I also want to question why Front Line Staff at the hospital seem to be bearing the brunt of the public service recruitment embargo and cuts,” added Councillor Killeavy.