Cork North West TD Michael Creed has dismissed suggestions that Macroom and Millstreet hospitals face closure. Commenting on a Sunday newspaper article on the matter Deputy Creed said:
“The article in yesterday’s paper was sensationalised and unhelpful in that it raises fears for residents and staff of the facilities mentioned. The truth of the matter is that closure of these facilities is certainly not on the agenda. It is the case that these units require investment to update their structural condition. HIQA have identified this and the HSE is actively engaging in addressing this matter.
“As is the case with all health care facilities – throughout the Country – the ultimate penalty or sanction for failure to comply with regulations is closure. However it is purely false to suggest any facility faces closure. I have contacted the Ministers office and the HSE on this matter and I am satisfied that his Department and the HSE are working towards addressing the issues highlighted by HIQA. There are challenges facing Macroom and Millstreet hospitals – closure is not one of them