most patients are refusing to leave Shaen Hospital, according to the brother of one residents who is faced with being moved on by the HSE.
Dave Lawlor, whose sister Maureen, has been a resident for the last three years, learned the news when the matron phoned his house, last Tuesday.
“To see such a lovely hospital being closed is unreal,” said Mr Lawlor, ahead of a public meeting in Portlaoise tomorrow night.
Maureen, who has dementia, shook her head and said “no” when she was told that Shaen was to close.
“Most patients are refusing to leave,” Mr Lawlor claims.
Mr Lawlor says the closing of Shaen would be devastating and an insult to the elderly.
“I believe it would be devastating to the patients and their families if Shaen was closed and an insult to Ireland’s elderly that their health care is being systematically eroded.”
Speaking at last week’s protest march in Abbeyleix, Mr Lawlor questioned why the Minister for Health and the HSE were targeting county Laois.
“In doing so, they are attacking the most vulnerable and unfortunate people in our society. I believe it would be devastating for the patients and their families if those hospitals were to close. It would be an insult to Ireland’s elderly that their healthcare is being systematically eroded,” he said.
A public meeting on the closure of Shaen Hospital will be held tomorrow (Thursday, November 24) in the Killeshin Hotel at 8pm.