The HSE and Minister for Health must urgently respond to the need for a dedicated obstetric theatre at University Hospital Kerry – the absense of which has been identified as the number one risk to patient care.
That’s according to Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris who’s claimed health cuts have compromised patient safety at the hospital amid moves to, he claims, downgrade services.
Deputy Ferris was responding to documents obtained by the Irish Examiner outlining the risk the absence of a dedicated obstetric theatre poses to patient safety and care at the hospital.
He said when you see consultant obstetrician gynaecologist at the hospital, Dr Mary McCaffrey, highlighting the problem to the HSE, you get a sense of the problems they’re facing:
Deputy Ferris also spoke out on what he describes as ‘the acute shortage’ of adult respite places in Kerry.
He said he’d been contacted by several constituents who need respite beds for their adult children and cannot get access to them due to staff shortages.
The Sinn Féin TD claims a four-bedroom house in Listowel, reportedly purchased by the HSE to facilitate respite beds, has been lying idle since it was bought: