Moving patients during pandemic ‘beggars belief’

Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy said that it beggars belief that the HSE is planning to relocate a number of residents in the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon Town in the middle of a global Covid19 pandemic.

“I have grave reservations about the HSE forging ahead with plans to relocate a number of residents from the Sacred Heart Home in Roscommon. Families have just been informed this week that their relatives will be relocated to Ballinasloe or Castlerea for three months while fire safety works take place.

“I accept the fact that fire safety works need to be carried out but surely this work could be postponed in light of the fact that we are in the middle of a pandemic. These are vulnerable and elderly patients and it is just staggering that the HSE would attempt to move residents in the middle of a pandemic. I have been in touch with the HSE about the matter and they are forging ahead with the plans, but I have made my grave reservations on the matter very clear,” said Senator Murphy.

“I understand that Fire Remedial Works are due to begin on the 24th of August and that will lead to the closure of Our Lady’s Ward initially and later St Joseph’s Ward but I believe this work should be postponed until a later date with further consultation with families,” concluded Senator Murphy.