Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called for immediate clarification on the future status of the emergency department at South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH). Deputy McGrath was speaking after it was reported in the Sunday Business Post that the department at STGH was among 9 units being considered for closure in the unpublished Report of the Trauma Steering Group:
“Any proposal to remove the A&E by stealth or downgrade it’s services will be vigorously resisted.
It is inconceivable that closure of a vital local and regional department like the one operating at STGH is even being considered.
Already there are attempts being made to spin this as an opportunity for STGH to focus on the provision of other services; but that kind of tactical approach will no longer carry any weight.
The Minister must make it absolutely clear that there is a commitment at the highest levels to not only retain existing services but to improve upon them.
We know that what STGH needs is increased bed capacity, infrastructure funding and expanded staff provision.
What it does not need is to be listed in some obscure Report that will only manage to generate confusion and uncertainty for the thousands of patients who depend on the A&E at South Tipp General,” concluded Deputy McGrath.