FF TD links delays to local hospital upgrades with poor budgeting

July 30th, 2019 7:10 AM

By Southern Star Team

The former Fianna Fáil TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony, is now hoping to win a Seanad seat in the by-election.

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DELAYS to upgrade works at five community hospitals across West Cork is further proof of Fine Gael’s mishandling of the health service.  

That’s the claim of FF TD for Cork South West Margaret Murphy O’Mahony who said information released to her shows substantial delays to works at Dunmanway Community Hospital (St. Anthony’s), Castletownbere Community Hospital (St. Joseph’s), Skibbereen Community Hospital (St. Anne’s), Clonakilty Community Hospital and Kinsale Community Hospital.

Deputy Murphy O’Mahony said: ‘The completion of upgrade works at St Joseph’s in Castletownbere has been pushed out to 2020, from its original 2017 date. It’s the same story for St Anne’s in Skibbereen – despite being promised for 2018, it won’t now be ready until 2020. The three other hospitals are all facing delays of between one and three years.’

She continued: ‘Are these delays a knock-on effect of the massive overrun at the National Children’s Hospital?  Are people in West Cork having to wait for improvements in their services because Fine Gael failed to keep a check on the spiralling costs? I will be asking the Minister to clarify if this is the case.’

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