Cork North Central
Workers Party representative Jackie Connolly has said that all community and local interest groups on the Northside of the
city should stand together and vigorously oppose any plans for the scaling-down of services at St. Mary’s Orthopaedic Hospital.
Ms. Connolly said that
the proposals outlined in the Review of Acute Services in HSE South area would spell the beginning of the end for the Orthopaedic
and would also impact severely on other hospitals in the region.
“The proposal to
turn the Orthopaedic into a long-stay rehabilitation centre for elderly patients will strip the hospital of the essential
elements that make it a hospital as opposed to a glorified nursing home. It would
also spell the end of the last acute hospital service on the Northside of Cork”.
The Workers Party
representative also pointed out that transfer of orthopaedic services to the Mercy University Hospital would create a further major burden on that hospital’s
ability to cope. “I predict that far from transferring orthopaedic services
across the river to the Mercy we will instead see many of these patients being moved to Dublin rather than being treated and
recovering in their own communities”, said Jackie Connolly.
“I am now calling
on all community, sporting, residents and other groups on the Northside to stand together as one in opposing this move. This plan is a recipe for disaster and must not go ahead”, the Workers Party
Issued Tuesday, 26th March