“It is most disappointing that neither the Health Minister nor the HSE will give a firm commitment to fund necessary developments at the Emergency Department, Cavan General Hospital.
On numerous occasions I have raised through Parliamentary Questions and in other debates in Dáil Éireann the inadequate facilities in the Emergency Department and the need to upgrade existing accommodation and also provide new facilities.
I have been getting a stock response for far too long stating that the RCSI Hospital Group has put forward a case for funding to the HSE to upgrade the resuscitation area and is awaiting confirmation of funding to proceed with this development. This project is necessary along with other upgrading work, and increasing attendances at the Emergency Department on an annual basis, are creating additional pressures on staff and resources.
A few years ago commitments were given that substantial investment would be made in the Emergency Department with the provision of additional accommodation and unfortunately there is no sign of this proposed project advancing at all” stated Deputy Brendan Smith.
Below is the most recent reply from RCSI Hospital Group following a further Parliamentary Question in Dáil Éireann
Mr. Brendan Smith, TD,
Re: Parliamentary Question 14696/18 “To ask the Minister for Health if provision is made in the 2018 financial allocation to the HSE to progress the proposed upgrade of a health facility (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. DETAILS: Need to upgrade and expand Emergency Department, Cavan General Hospital due to present inadequate facilities and increased attendance of patients over the last number of years.”
Dear Deputy Smith,
The RCSI Hospital Group has been requested to reply directly to you in the context of the above Parliamentary Question, which you submitted to the Minister for Health for response. I have examined the matter and the following outlines the position.
The Hospital through the RCSI Hospital Group has put forward a case for funding to the HSE to upgrade the resuscitation area and is awaiting confirmation of funding to proceed with this development.
I trust this information is of assistance to you.
RCSI Hospital Group