The Save Our Services (SOS) Executive had a frank but constructive meeting with Senior HSE officials last week held in St Joseph’s hospital Stranorlar. The future of the three community hospitals of Lifford, Ramelton and Stranorlar were discussed.

The exact plans for the expenditure of €2.75 M on Stranorlar, €1.7M on Ramelton were outlined to the meeting and the SOS executive welcome these plans as a major step forward in securing the future of the community hospitals and to meet HIQA standards going forward. It will allow the continued provision of nursing care to the sick and elderly in their home communities. The plans presented were based upon the recently concluded Rhatigan reports and the HSE Estates review of same.

Whilst the HSE stated that there was difficulty with Lifford, due to a number of factors, the SOS executive was able to produce a constructive option to secure the future of community hospital services to the Lifford community. SOS executive will be making a submission which in all likelihood will garnish widespread support.

“We are confident the proposal is a prudent use of funds, meets fiscal budgeting requirements and can achieve the necessary support both politically and from HSE to succeed.” Explained Tom Murray Chair SOS Exec.

“As all plans are HIQA compliant and the HSE are making strides to fulfil the agreed agenda of the SOS and the HSE we will continue through the phases until completion.

“Just 18 months ago we were facing certain closure of 3 hospitals with no funding allocation; we now have funding to develop and secure two of the hospitals and potential for a resolution for the third site.

“The SOS executive maintains our original goal of keeping three hospitals open and securing the long- term viability of care in the three communities. We are determined to protect the rights of our sick and elderly to be cared for and receive end of life nursing care in their home communities. We continue to represent the three community hospitals and will do so until we have a satisfactory resolution to all three,” Concluded Tom.

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