Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (439)

Seán Sherlock

Question:

439. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health his plans to close Cobh Hospital in County Cork. [37548/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Cobh Community Hospital is an independent facility providing residential care services for older people in Cobh and its environs.

The majority of its funding comes under the Nursing Homes Support Scheme (NHSS) for long term residential care, however the hospital also provides short stay care. Having recently discussed the operations of the hospital with the Health Service Executive (HSE) management, I am not aware of any plans to close the unit. The HSE have engaged with the Hospital Board in relation to funding and I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.