There were heated exchanges in the Dáil chamber yesterday (Wednesday) as Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy questioned An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for State Jim Daly in relation to the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea.
Deputy Murphy claimed that a current resident of the unit was being moved to a private nursing home in spite of promises he said had been made by the Taoiseach when he was Minister for Health.
“It is truly incredible that I have to stand up in the Dáil again to raise the Rosalie Centre, when we as public representatives, family members and residents were given assurances that there would be no interference or movement of patients and yet, as I stand in the Dáil today there are attempts by the HSE to move a lady to a private nursing home where she won’t have the same level of care.
“I call on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to stand by the promise he made as Minister for Health and to allow the review to take place in January as planned. It is simply not acceptable to the residents and their families,” said Deputy Murphy.
Responding on behalf of the government, Minister Daly said that decisions on appropriate care for residents were made by the HSE and clinicians and this was not something that was “within his gift”.
He added that he had been “absolutely, completely and wholly up front” throughout the process and said he had previously enquired as to whether there had been any decision to move anyone by the HSE.
“The HSE have ensured me there is absolutely no change in the circumstances since we last spoke”.