THE HSE has issued a one line statement committing to consult on the future of care for the elderly in the Midlands.
“The HSE will commence consultation on the planning and provision of services for older people in the Midland counties Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath on the week of May 8,” said the statement issued on Friday, April 27.
In a response to the Leinster Express the HSE could not say if the consultation concerned the closures of Abbeyleix and Shaen hospitals in Laois or with whom it would be entering into consultations neither would it say who would lead the consultations on behalf of the HSE.
It did not say why it could not provide information but said more details would be provided ahead of May 8.
The 11th hour statement comes ahead of what looks set to be the second major march in Abbeyleix to protest over the future of the town’s community nursing unit.
Brian Maher is chairman of the Abbeyleix and District Action Committee. He expects thousands of people to deomonstrate..
“Not only is it the fact that our elderly need to be given the respect and dignity afforded by being cared for in their own community but our society needs to reflect on the importance of making more considered long term strategic decisions instead of seeking crudely to save money in the shorter term. We look forward to seeing you all at 2pm at Abbeyleix Manor Hotel,” he said.