O'KEEFFE 'ON THE WARPATH' OVER FUNERAL FACILITIES
The HSE is ‘riding roughshod’ over the people of Fermoy, according to Fianna Fail Deputy Ned O’Keeffe who says he is ‘on the warpath’ over the recent decision to stop providing funeral removal facilities from St Patrick’s Hospital as of this week.
“I’m calling on the HSE to reverse the decision,” an irate Deputy O’Keeffe told The Avondhu this week. “I am receiving numerous calls from families who want the facility retained.”
“The provision of this service was hard won a number of years ago when the then Health Board tried to stop the service, and I worked to retain it. “We had that yard tarmacked to provide the service and now all that is to be uprooted at the expense of this facility.”
Deputy O’Keeffe added that he “never thought” the much awaited extension to the hospital would come at the expense of removal services from St. Patrick’s.
“The site is sufficient to avoid having to make this decision,” he continued, “this is high handed from the HSE. It is a community hospital and a community development.
“Many people want that facility. We are a Christian society and a Christian community; there is a need for this. People are upset over this and want it retained,” he added.
“It is simply not good enough to cancel this service after we worked to retain it 10 or 15 years ago, it is the HSE’s job to look after people, not to annoy or torment them,” Deputy O’Keeffe concluded.
Thursday 14th August 6:19pm