It was difficult to comprehend that while the trolley problem escalated over recent weeks at South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel, not a single bed was occupied at Our Lady's Hospital in Cashel according to Councillor Tom Wood who raised the matter at the South East April Committee Meeting of Health Forum members in Kilkenny. In his presentation he said: “two years ago we were told that 21 step down beds would be provided in Cashel to remedy delayed discharges in Clonmel and it angers me greatly on hearing regular accounts of sick people languishing on trolleys while just 25 minutes drive away in Cashel a hospital, refurbished at significant cost, stands silent and in darkness. It's high time now that someone accepts responsibility for what is a shameful and disgraceful situation.” In his response, Mr Ger O 'Callaghan, Chief Operations Officer with the South/South West Hospitals Group, said: “I couldn't disagree with anything said by Councillor Wood and we can't let what happened happen anymore.” Cllr Wood was informed by Ms Anna Marie Lannigan, Area Manager for Community Care, that the proposed transfer of beds from Saint Clare's Ward at Saint Patrick's Hospital to the Le Cairde Unit at Our Lady's complex would take place in mid-May pending recruitment of nursing staff.
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