Denis Naughten has described the failure by the HSE to outline its future plan for the Rosalie Unit and those that are presently resident in the unit, as “deeply concerning”
On foot of questioning the Health Minister in the Dáil, the HSE have responded to Denis Naughten by stating “clients have recently been assessed and over the coming weeks/months we will be working with them and their families to develop plans that will improve their quality of life and help them reach their full potential in life. This process will take some time and there are no plans in place with regards to individual services”.
Commenting on the response, Denis Naughten said “this response is far from reassuring and gives no indication of any future plan for the retention of the unit in its current form or as a specialist unit for Alzheimer’s or dementia patients”
“The development of the Rosalie unit to cater for Alzheimer’s /dementia patients within the West Roscommon/North Galway area is important, as such residential services are seriously lacking in the West of Ireland”
“While the comments by the HSE that it “will be working with the clients and their families to develop plans” seem constructive, the concern is that this is the very same line that was used over a month ago”.
“To date, families have received no clarification on what exactly is happening to their relatives or the Rosalie Unit itself. This is just not good enough!” concluded Denis Naughten
See HSE response attached: