Dingle and Kenmare community hospitals awaiting additional beds announced in early December

A Kerry Cllr claims Dingle Community Hospital officially known as West Kerry Community Hospital has not had a HIQA inspection in order to allow the opening of new beds announced in December. Cllr Healy Rae was speaking following a HSE South Community meeting in Cork. Danny Healy Rae 1 He claims the HSE says this is due to the fact that it does not have the staff to cover the new beds. Meanwhile the new beds announced for Kenmare Community Hospital before Christmas are also on the long finger with the HSE claiming it would have to cut other services in order to fund the beds, according to Cllr Healy Rae. The addition of up to 17 beds for Dingle and Kenmare Community Hospitals was announced by the HSE in December. It had been hoped the beds would open early this year. 8 beds were announced for Dingle and between 6 and 9 beds are due to open in Kenmare Community Hospital. Separately Cllr Healy Rae says when he questioned HSE executives on allowing ambulances to transport patients to district hospital, he says he was told ambulances are emergency vehicles deployed to bring patients to emergency departments. He says the HSE says there are 120 staff available to operate secondary emergency response vehicles in the HSE South but over 400 staff are required to operate them at full capacity. Speaking after yesterday’s meeting Cllr Healy Rae says he was left with the opinion that the health service is in a complete shambles with a lack of funding at the route of all its problems.