It is very disappointing that the opening of the new, state of the art, Mater Emergency Unit has been postponed.
The new Emergency Unit was due to open last Friday 25th of January but was postponed until further notice. The management in the Mater hospital made the decision to postpone opening the new unit because they did not “not want to impose additional pressures on other hospitals” in Dublin City. To facilitate opening of the new Emergency Unit at the Mater it was going to be necessary to close the existing Emergency Unit and suspend all Emergency Services at the Mater for 32 hours. Patients would have been directed to Emergency units in other Dublin Hospitals.
I have asked Fianna Fail’s spokesperson on Health to raise the issue with the Minister for Health, to ask the Minister to review the situation with Management at the Mater and to provide them with whatever resources they require to open the new Emergency Unit without any further delay. As soon as I have any update I will post it here. Mary