HSE management is deliberately undermining the future of the Sacred Heart Hospital by delaying the submission of detailed plans for its upgrade to the Department of Health, according to Denis Naughten TD.
While local HSE management has been pushing the Sacred Heart Hospital project for a number of years, senior officials within the HSE have blocked and delayed the progression of this project at every opportunity.
Even though the HSE and Government representatives have been aware for some time of the need for investment at the Sacred Heart Hospital to secure its long term viability, it seems that plans for its upgrade have been delayed within the HSE, in favour of other similar facilities throughout the country.
Commenting on this revelation Denis Naughten said: “It is unbelievable that a facility which is providing such excellent care, a fact acknowledged in numerous HIQA reports, has been undermined by senior HSE management who are determined to see it close.
“The only conclusion that can be drawn from this deliberate act is that the HSE wants to see Roscommon County Hospital take over the role of the Sacred Heart Hospital, in the longer term. This of course is not good enough for older people who should be able to access the required care in a more homely environment than an acute hospital, like Roscommon County Hospital.
“I know that Minister Varadkar is aware of the excellent care provided to residents at the Sacred Heart Hospital and I have today made contact with his office, asking that he directly intervene to ensure that the Sacred Heart Hospital is given a fair hearing when it comes to the allocation of funding.
“My understanding is that senior HSE management have only within the last few days finally submitted the full case in support of investment at the Sacred Heart Hospital, which indicates to me that the HSE – rather than the Department of Health – is dictating policy.
“This agenda to undermine the hospital has to stop, and Minister Varadkar has to directly intervene to ensure that the funding needed to secure the long term future of the Sacred Heart Hospital is included in Government spending plans between now and the end of 2020,” concluded Denis Naughten.