The HSE has not adequately staffed Bandon Community Hospital, thereby leaving the elderly without respite care in the Bandon area, Independent Deputy Michael Collins told the Dáil.
During Leaders’ Questions three weeks ago, he said he asked the Taoiseach about Bandon Community Hospital, a question he referred back to the Minister for Health, from whom he got no reply.
‘Major works were completed in Bandon Community Hospital last August,’ he said. ‘The Friends of Bandon Community Hospital have collected tens of thousands of euro from the public. It is a major disappointment to all to see this state-of-the-art facility left idle. Can the Taoiseach personally intervene in this crisis and get the new facility open to the public?’
In reply, Minister of State Jim Daly said this was an issue before the Workplace Relations Commission, WRC. ‘There is a disagreement between unions and management in respect of staffing ratios,’ he said.