Due to pressure on budgets, agency staff can no longer be engaged in Belmullet District hospital, according to the HSE and all temporary contracts will not be renewed when they expire. The direct impact of this is, that beds will be closed at both the hospital and at Aras Deirbhle Nursing Home.
The news has been condemned in Belmullet by both the local GP, Fianna Fail Senator Keith Swanick, and by Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway Walsh.
No new admissions can be made to the facilities and Dr Swanick told Midwest News this morning that this cannot be allowed to happen.He says if the government is allowed to do this in Belmullet then Swinford and Ballina District Hospitals will be next.
Senator Rose Conway-Walsh told Midwest News that the closing of more beds at Belmullet District hospital is completely unacceptable. She described as “contemptuous that one week after an election we learn of this development.
Belmullet Hospital and Áras Deirbhle Nursing home provide essential step-down beds, respite beds and longer stay beds. It is despicable that after 20 beds being cut by the last Fianna Fail Government, this Fine Gael Government now want to cut even more”.
The Senator commended the staff and management of Belmullet Hospital and Áras Deirbhle for their dedication to providing the highest standard of healthcare to patients and families.
Midwest News has contacted the HSE for clarification on this development and we are awaiting a response.