A Mayo TD today raised concerns over Belmullet District Hospital and Aras Deirbhle on a topical issue in the Dail with Minister for Older People Jim Daly.

Minister Daly assured Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary that there is no threat to the future of the facility and said while he is in office, he will not let the facility be downgraded.

Deputy Calleary outlined the situation to Minister Daly, where concerns have arisen that changes to staffing may impact on the facilities.

There seems to be a difference in the number of short stay beds that the HSE has told Minister Daly are being staffed – he has been informed 12 short stay beds are in operation at any time, while Deputy Calleary was told that there are 18 support acute discharge beds, with 2 additional short stay beds – so 20 in total.

The Minister also confirmed he will be visiting the hospital but it will be later this month or the beginning of next month.

Deputy Calleary told Minister Daly he was concerned at the discrepancy in the information regarding the number of short stay beds at Belmullet Hospital.

Minister Daly told Deputy Calleary that he has requested the information on how many short stay beds are in Belmullet Hospital from Tony Canavan of the HSE.

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