‘Prolonged neglect’ and ‘gross underfunding’ of University Hospital Waterford to be raised at HSE meeting today
A motion urging Health Service Executive management to “immediately petition” Health Minister Simon Harris for funding “to eliminate eliminate the hardships and deprivations caused to patients and their families” at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) will be debated at a meeting today.
The motion, brought by Waterford City East councillor Jody Power, will be heard at a meeting of the (HSE) Regional Health Forum South in Cork’s County Hall at 2pm.
Cllr Power’s motion will call on the HSE to:
*Put into service “forthwith” the new Dunmore Wing of UHW, now completed and lying idle, by providing the €10m per year funding required;
*”Actively engage in staff recruitment” to fill the 200 staff vacancies at UHW.
The motion also calls on the chief executive and deputy chief executive of the South/South West Hospitals group “to consider their position for their failings to patients and their families in Waterford and the South East due to the prolonged neglect and gross underfunding of UHW and the significant distress and misery caused”.
There are four Regional Health Forums nationally. Their membership is made up of nominated representatives from the city and county councils within their regions.
The functional area of the Regional Health Forum South covers the local authorities in Waterford, Carlow, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, South Tipperary and Wexford.