Ofalia House moratorium needs to be lifted

THE HSE moratorium on replacing staff needs to be lifted to secure the future of Ofalia house.

THE HSE moratorium on replacing staff needs to be lifted to secure the future of Ofalia house.

That’s according to Cllr Noel Bourke who spoke about the issue at the recent Edenderry Area Committee meeting.

“There is a lot of concern in the public arena, stories and rumours. There is still a problem with a ban on replacing staff. To operate within a safety standard there has to be enough staff,” said Cllr Bourke.

He said the next course of action is to get the moratorium lifted. He said they needed to get more permanent beds open, and make it fully operational again.

Chairman John Foley said what the matron and staff are doing at the home is “fantastic” but they needed every bit of help they could get. He described as a “home away from home”

Cllr Jim Murrin raised the issue, asking for an update of the situation at the house. Cllr Nichola Hogan said she had visited the facility the week before with Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy and that there were now three respite beds in place, but everything needed to be done to ensure this number was brought back up.

“The fear is that if the staff keep going down what happens then?” said Cllr Murrin.