the Abbeyleix Hospital Action group has vowed to involve every expert available in their consultations with the HSE to keep the community nursing home open.
The group, which met this week in the wake of the publication of the consultation process on the future of Shaen and Abbeyleix, is concerned at the contents of a report on the hospital and the early steps taken by the HSE in the process. Mr Garry O’Keeffe, campaign PRO, said the committee was committed to fight for the hospital.
“We are in the process of getting every expert we can, from accounting to medical to planning, who are all queuing up to help us for free. We are going to take this thing apart from top to bottom and we will leave no stone unturned,” said Mr O’Keeffe. The spokesman said there were “incredible contradictions” in the HSE report.
“We are so baffled by the logic of this thing but we are entering into it fully. If the HSE’s position is that this is a fait accompli they are very very much mistaken,” he warned.
Mr O’Keeffe said it is up to the campaign group to ensure that Minister James Reilly does not accept what is proposed. While he was confident that the campaign would secure the future he claimed the HSE’s had already made up its mind.
“The way this exercise is worded is like a box ticking exercise and we are not going to allow that happen,” he said.
Mr O’Keeffe claimed that there are differences in the letters sent to staff and patients which have already caused confusion.
“There is a lot of confusion between the three letters. It has created a lot of anxiety with the patients.”
The spokesman feared that the hospital’s future was in the hands of people who had decided to close it last year.
“It doesn’t make sense in any form of mediation if the original people that made the decision are the same people charged with running a consultation process,” he said.
Mr O’Keeffe said there had not been full information how a decision would be reached and he warned that the Ministerial decision must be water tight.
“Any Minister who is making a decision on this they will have to present and absolutely flawless set of logic. If there is one flaw in it we will take it apart,” he said.
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