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Dr Harty has a cut at ‘dysfunctional’ planning of St Joseph’s Hospital

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CLARE’S Independent TD Dr Michael Harty has hit out at the ‘snail’s pace’ progress on delivering the new Community Nursing Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ennis.

Dr Harty claimed he has been told by Minister for Health Simon Harris that construction will not be completed until 2021.

The Government has committed €12 million for the development of 50 new beds, but progress on the much needed development has been slow.

Dr Michael Harty
Credit: Dr Michael Harty TD Facebook page

“There is something dysfunctional about our design, planning and development systems that it takes four years to complete a modest but urgent building unit. The same snail’s pace in advancing the build of social housing seems also to apply to the health sector. It is unacceptable in the 21st century that we accept methods of doing things simply because that is the way they always have been done,” Dr Harty said.

Dr Harty commented that the lack of development is unfair on the residents who are currently patients at St Joseph’s.

“HIQA has very pointedly objected to the institutionalisation of residents whose life revolves around their bed and who feel that this is the best that life can offer in their final years. Now they will be forced to languish for another four years at best without the facilities which would allow them to live a normal life commensurate with their physical condition,” he said.

By Elaine Tubridy

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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