Carlow Health Care Alliance meets Health Minister.

27th July, 2011


Carlow FineGael TD Pat Deering led a delegation to meet Dr. James Reilly TD Minister for
Health in his department on Tues 26th July.

Deputy Deering said “There has beenwidespread concern over the past few months in the County over the continuation
of our health care facilities. I am pleased to announce that a group called
‘Carlow Health Care Alliance’ has been formed. This group is made up of
representatives from Carlow Town & County Councils, Carlow Hospice, Carlow
Kilkenny Homecare, Sacred Heart Hospital, District Hospital, St. Dympnas and
Local GP’s. We have had a number of positive meetings where all who have a
common goal shared and exchanged views on how best to retain and improve the
existing services. These discussions culminated in a meeting with Dr. James
Reilly Minister for Health last Tuesday. During this meeting the Minister
assured the group that neither the District
or the Sacred Heart are in any danger of closing. He also committed the
HSE to ongoing negotiations with the Carlow Hospice Group with a view to
progressing some form of palliative care unit in Carlow. He was critical of the
‘drip-feed’ communication from the HSE in the past and said this would improve.
“All in all I feel this was a very positive meeting with the Minister. There
will be some changes regarding sharing of certain management services etc,
hopefully this won’t cause too much inconvenience, and it shouldn’t considering
the close proximity of all our Health Care Facilities. Regarding the  moratorium on staff it is hoped that the
recently announced ‘Internship’ scheme can be used to fill some of the current