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No follow-up to crisis meeting at hospital

University Hospital Kerry where consultants have expressed concerns

UPSET has been expressed at the news that concerned consultants at University Hospital Kerry have had no follow-up on the issues raised during a visit by the National Director of Acute Hospital, Liam Woods, to the under pressure Tralee facility.

Kerry TD Pa Daly said he learned with disappointment, but not surprise, that the highly anticipated visit to has resulted in no additional contact being made.

Mr Woods met with consultants and staff on November 12 following concerns about poor conditions, staff shortages, low morale and worries about the medium to long-term future of the hospital.

Kerry TD Pa Daly: Nothing has been received

Rapidly rising Covid-19 cases have put pressure on the hospital but clinical practitioners had written written to the HSE highlighting a series of other problems.

“I understand that the consultants were promised a follow-up during the week of the 15th November but nothing has been received.

“In the days prior to Mr Woods’ visit to UHK, there was much talk of a plan being readied that would address the serious issues at UHK.

“We are now almost three months out from the initial consultants’ letter asking for help to address the crisis and there is no plan in sight,” Deputy Daly stated.

Consultants at Kerry University Hospital had written to the HSE South/South West Hospital Group to highlight a litany of serious issues at the hospital, including severe staff and bed shortages which had reached crisis level.