Hopkins raises Sacred Heart Hospital with Varadkar

Cllr. Maura Hopkins met with Health Minister Leo Varadkar last week to discuss the future of the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon town.

  The future of the State-run nursing home remains uncertain after the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) said in the summer that it continued to be short of modern health regulations.

  Following a recent extension of time to comply with guidelines, the facility must be essentially rebuilt, at a cost of €13 million, by 2021.  Cllr. Hopkins, Fine Gael’s General Election candidate in Roscommon-Galway, was accompanied by Dr John Barton, her Director of Elections, for her meeting with the Minister last week. Cllr. Hopkins said that she emphasised the importance of €13 million being urgently provided to the Sacred Heart Hospital re-design project

  The Minister said that he was aware of the importance of the facility, but that it was one of many State-run nursing homes that required an upgrade.

  “Work on many of the 100 or more public nursing homes, caring for around 7,000 residents, cannot be done overnight,” he said.

  Minister Varadkar said that the Health Service Executive were assessing and prioritising plans regarding upgrade of these homes.

  The Government have announced the allocation of €300 million in the capital plan and a further €150 million through public-private partnerships in order to upgrade many older-style nursing homes. No funds have yet been allocated to the Roscommon centre.

  Cllr. Hopkins, of Fine Gael, said: “I am fully aware that urgent decisions need to be made and will continue to do everything I can in respect of the Sacred Heart Hospital.”