AFTER months of speculation and talk of closure, the short-term future of both the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar and MacBride Community Nursing Unit in Westport were secured last week, when both facilities received approval from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).
Taoiseach Enda Kenny was much hounded about the prospects for the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar in recent months, and unsurprisingly, has welcomed the announcement. He said that the approval will secure the future of the Sacred Heart Hospital for the next three years, ensuring the continuance of an ‘excellent’ service to the people of Mayo.
“I strongly welcome this announcement,” he said. “The Sacred Heart Hospital has long been a well respected Centre of Excellence for the elderly in Mayo, and I am delighted at the news that this wonderful service is set to continue. It is unfortunate that the level of speculation surrounding the future of the Sacred Heart has caused concern to so many. This announcement should put any fears to rest, and I hope those speculators will now acknowledge the excellent work of the Sacred Heart continuing into the future.”
In Westport, there had also been much speculation about the future of the MacBride Community Nursing Unit. Westport Town Councillor Michael McLaughlin claims there was a lot of scare-mongering about the facility of late, which he felt was politically motivated.
Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, said the announcement gives the MacBride Community Nursing Unit the all-clear for the next three years.
“With the recently appointed Director of Nursing in the MacBride Community Nursing Unit, the future of the facility is now secure. This is wonderful news for all concerned and I wish to compliment the staff in MacBride Community Nursing Unit for the excellent work which they carry out and the care which they bestow on their residents. The quality of that care has now been proven by the HIQA registration, given the high standards which HIQA demand.”
Councillor McLaughlin added his sentiment that some people locally may have “loved if the MacBride Community Nursing Unit was closed, as it would have given them some leverage in the political chess match they play in their heads.”
“Politics must rise above this,” he said. “This is a good news day for the long-serving MacBride Community Nursing Unit, and for the population of Westport.”
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