EVERYONE should read the HSE’s consultation document on Old Persons’ Services suggested Cllr Fergus McDonnell at the June meeting of Edenderry Town Council last week. “The public, councillors, everyone should familiarise themselves with what the HSE intends to do,” he added.
The Old Persons Services HSE Midlands Information and Consultation Document, May 2012 indicates that the HSE intends to privatise day care services, relocate staff and tender for respite services, says Cllr McDonnell.
“While this might not have an immediate impact on Ofalia House, it might in the future, it could be important,” he added.
Cllr Jim Murrin agreed that the Town Council and the public needed to keep up the pressure on the HSE about retaining services in Ofalia House. “I know of someone who passed away in Ofalia House recently. But what is happening? Will someone else be offered a bed now that one is vacant? We asked for this sort of information before. We need to make sure that Ofalia House remains viable.”
Cllr Patricia Brady pointed out that recent HIQA reports on Ofalia House were very positive about the service.