Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described a HSE decision to delay the completion of new CT and radiology services at South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH) by up to 15 months as extremely disappointing. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the HSE confirmed to him that despite initial assurances which were given around housing a newly purchased CT Scanner in 2014, construction will not now commence until the third or fourth quarter of 2015 with a minimum 12-15 month construction programme:
“This is devastating news for patients and clinicians in STGH.
There has been a very active campaign to have the radiology services at the hospital upgraded because of real and substantial risks to the health and welfare of patients who rely on the service.
In light of today’s decision by the HSE I will be calling for immediate engagement with the Minister for Health and the HSE in effort to determine why the issues that have arisen to cause this delay were not highlighted at an earlier point in time.
I will also be asking them both just what they intend to do to guarantee patient safety in light of the recurring breakdowns and spare part failures which are afflicting the current CT scanner.
It now looks like STGH will have to endure another substantial delay which could well see us entering post general election territory; when all these commitments may lose their sense of priority and urgency.
This is particularly frustrating because the original completion date for the new radiology infrastructure was November of this year.
To have the face the fact that by that stage we will not even have commenced construction on the new build is a crushing blow to put it mildly,” concluded Deputy McGrath.