Following reviews commissioned after the publication of a HIQA report into maternity services, at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, Tipperary Independent TD, Deputy Michael Lowry, has called for further clarity on the external review published yesterday into the governance of Maternity Department Services at South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH) in Clonmel, Co Tipperary.
We understand the Assurance Review found that small hospitals are unable to operate in isolation as stand alone facilities, either clinically or financially, thus supporting the current acute hospital reform programme.
Deputy Lowry stated; “This latest report is disturbing in the context of the long-term future of Maternity Services at South Tipperary General Hospital.
South Tipperary General Hospital provides a vital service for the people of Tipperary. In 2014 there were 1,102 births registered at this venue. The people of Tipperary and the Staff of South Tipperary General Hospital now deserve clarity into the governance and the future of Maternity Services at this Hospital.” the Deputy stated.
Deputy Lowry concluded; “I now call on the Minister for Health Mr Leo Varadkar TD, to clarify the Governments attitude to this latest report and to give reassurance that there will be no reduction in the level or quality of services as currently provided by South Tipperary General Hospital.”
The reports were produced by former British National Health Service executive David Flory.