The Chair of Build for Life, a Kerry charity that has raised millions for a cystic fibrosis unit in Cork says there needs to be an investigation to find out why it’s been delayed.
Joe Browne has been told the unit should be open by October.
The ward for CF patients at Cork University Hospital remains closed despite expectations that it would open six months ago.
The Kerry and Cork charity Build4Life has raised €2.3 million to construct and fit out the facility.
Mr Browne is calling for an investigation once the ward has opened:
In response to the delay in opening the unit, Cork University Hospital Management Team has advised that the process of organising the transfer of the Cystic Fibrosis Inpatient service to the dedicated CF facility involves reorganising a number of other services to maintain safe staffing levels within the hospital.
To enable this requires the recruitment of additional staff.
CUH is actively recruiting nurses and interviews are being held in CUH on a weekly basis.
Recruitment campaigns are also underway to recruit nursing candidates internationally, as there is a shortage of nursing staff nationally.