16 September 2010

Older people moved around like chess pieces in nursing home bed chaos – Fitzgerald

Clarification needed on St Brigid's Home, Crooksling and The Laurel Unit, Cherry Orchard - Fitzgerald
Local Fine Gael Senator Frances Fitzgerald has asked HSE officials in the Dublin West area to clarify for patients and their families the arrangements around a series of long-term bed closures in the Dublin West area.

Her comments came as the Senator launched her latest information leaflet, Supporting Older People.

“Older people in the Dublin West area are being treated as pawns and moved around like chess pieces as nursing home beds are closed,” said Senator Frances Fitzgerald.

“We need clarification from the HSE on a number of matters including the long term ward in St Brigid's Nursing Home in Crooksling between Brittas and Saggart as well as the Laurel Unit in Cherry Orchard Hospital,” said Senator Fitzgerald.

“We need a statement on this matter. We are talking about fragile, older people, going through the trauma of not only moving wards but moving residential homes as well,” continued Frances Fitzgerald.

“It is simply unfair of the HSE to keep patients, older people and their families in the dark like this,” concluded Frances Fitzgerald.

For your copy of Supporting Older People contact Frances on 457 7712.