Independent TD Mattie McGrath has appealed to the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, and the HSE to definitively commit to funding the remainder of the works that are required at St Theresa’s Hospital, Clogheen. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he raised the matter during the Order of Business in the Dáil on Thursday: “Last September Minister Harris visited St Theresa’s where he saw for himself the amazing work that is being done and the potential the facility has to expand its services to the community.
“He promised then that he would go back to the HSE and make the case for final funding for the extension works, new bedrooms, staff accommodation etc.
“To date, however, we have had no definitive commitment that the urgent funding that is required will be provided. It is being entirely left to massive fundraising efforts such as those organised by the Friends of St Theresa’s Hospital, Clogheen Hospice Suite Construction Fund (CHSCF) and Boston Scientific.
“While these efforts are truly heroic, it is way past time that the HSE sanctioned the additional funding that will draw the project to a successful conclusion.
“It is absolutely staggering to me, that the government of which minister Harris is a key member, can find €5 million to fund a spin unit for the Taoiseach, but it cannot find the resources necessary for an amazing hospital like St Theresa’s that has dedicated staff who work tirelessly for the community they serve. The HSE, the Minister, and indeed the government itself must get its priorities in line and work to fund extensions like those at Clogheen and stop the foot-dragging.
“At present, all we are seeing is a penny wise, but pound foolish approach from the HSE given the savings this facility could ultimately provide by becoming a vital link in our community healthcare infrastructure,” concluded Deputy McGrath.