Hospital bed closure policy ‘disgrace’

TULLAMORE Town Council is seeking an urgent meeting with the management of the Midlands Regional Hospital to discuss their bed closure policy.

TULLAMORE Town Council is seeking an urgent meeting with the management of the Midlands Regional Hospital to discuss their bed closure policy.

At Thursday’s meeting, Cathaoirleach Cllr Molly Buckley proposed a notice of motion calling on the Town Council to write to the HSE regarding the overcrowding situation in the Regional Hospital.

“The bed closure policy will need to be examined with increased numbers attending A&E from neighbouring counties,” added the motion.

“Frontline staff are under huge stress,” added Cllr Buckley. “Hospital management will have to look at re-opening beds to give patients back their dignity,” she said.

Cllr Brendan Killeavy agreed “this has gone too far. We were promised a Medical Assessment Unit that would take pressure off A&E but that hasn’t happened. One million euro worth of equipment is lying there in boxes not being used. It is a disgrace. I propose we meet the new management as soon as possible.”

Cllr Tommy McKeigue agreed that more pressure should be put on hospital management. Cllr Buckley added that the Town Council had a duty to represent the people of Tullamore.

Cllr Buckley also called on the hospital to do something to the entrance as it was ‘a danger area’. Cllr Declan Harvey said it was ‘a death trap’ and called for a pedestrian crossing to be made across the full width of the hospital entrance.

Cllr Tony McCormack said Tullamore hospital was “a hospital in crisis” and he urged the Town Council “to go to the top - “we have been given too many promises in the past”.

Cllr Killeavy pointed out that on the previous occasion that the Town Council had approached hospital management 150 operations had been re-directed. “Progresss can be made, it can be done, we just need to keep up the pressure.”