A woman in a wheelchair has been a patient at Mayo University Hospital since the middle of March this year and is refusing to accept discharge, claiming that no home care package or medical plan has been provided for her.

According to advocate for the patient, Mayo’s People Before Profit member Joe Daly, the hospital has told her she must vacate the hospital today or the gardai will be called.

The woman in her 40s had been the carer of her father in his eighties, and claims she has no family members to care for her with limited mobility, and no adaptations carried out to her place of residence.

Midwest News has contacted the Saolta Hospital group to ask for a comment on the situation and they have responded this afternoon to say the hospital cannot comment on any individual patient to ensure patient confidentiality is maintained.

The Organisation say the discharge of a patient is a clinical decision made by the patients doctor in consultation with the patient and their family.

Once a patient is considered appropriate for discharge the hospital makes all the necessary arrangements including follow-up appointments.

 

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