Senator Maura Hopkins said she needed to see practical steps being taken and evidence that the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea will remain open and be enhanced. She said that HSE Chief Officer Tony Canavan’s letter to Minister Jim Daly does not provide clarity or assurances.
“In my discussions over the past number of months with Minister Daly, Minister Harris, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and HSE management, my concerns and questions still very much exist. This letter does not provide clarity or reassurances. My questions are: when will the Rosalie Unit be open to new admissions? When the clinical assessments are complete, what is the HSE planning to do with this information and how will it impact on the Rosalie Unit?
“We have been given no practical plan for the development of services at the Rosalie Unit to support current residents and those people in the future who will need these services.
“I need to see practical steps being taken to provide evidence that these services will remain and be enhanced,” she said.
Deputy Eugene Murphy said: “I would give this a cautious welcome as I believe there is still no long-term commitment to the Rosalie Unit.
“I would still have serious concerns about the long-term future of the centre and I would still be fearful that the HSE plan to push ahead and try to close the Rosalie Unit.
“Minister Daly must do everything in his power not to allow the HSE to make these changes. We need commitments that will be adhered to. These elderly and vulnerable residents deserve better. The Rosalie Unit is their home”.