No money to upgrade hospital

Reduced funding allocations, staff losses, HIQA standards, were the reasons outlined the the Minister for Health last week for the closure of the Abbeyleix community nursing unit.

Reduced funding allocations, staff losses, HIQA standards, were the reasons outlined the the Minister for Health last week for the closure of the Abbeyleix community nursing unit.

Dr James Reilly, said it had become essential that the HSE moved to consolidate the overall provision of long-stay care within the Dublin and mid-Leinster region.

Although he did not have written confirmation, the Health Minister said that assessments had been made on the building in the past and the cost of refurbishing the hospital and bringing it up to standard was found to be prohibitive. He said staff would be redeployed to keep other services open, which he said was a considerable saving.

Minister Reilly said residents will be transferred to public units, where appropriate and that the remaining residents will be transferred to private nursing homes. He said staff would be transferred from Abbeyleix community nursing unit to allow the reopening or to prevent the closure of other public beds.

The Minister said that the primary care centre, located on the grounds of the facility, would also continue.