HSE intransigence has been blamed for the decision by Monasterevin Day Care Committee to pull the plug on the services they offer to the elderly in the area.
In a statement released by Monasterevin Day Care Committee Chairman Pat Ryan last Wednesday night the committee said that the decision to cease services had been taken with regret.
“A meeting of Monasterevin Day Care Committee held on 29 August 2017 decided that we have no option but to cease to provide day services to the elderly. It is with regret and sorrow that the committee have come to this decision,” said Mr Ryan.
“As you are aware the Day Care Centre was closed by them HSE in 2014 on health and safety grounds. The committee continued to provide a service in Monasterevin GAA Pavilion. Meanwhile the HSE have done nothing,” he added. “Monasterevin is a forgotten town with nothing for the older community. We cannot do any more. I wish to thank the community for their support and assistance,” he added.
Up to 12 people availed of the day care service on Mondays and Thursdays and they were informed of the decision to close the centre yesterday ( Monday).
The day service provided a social outlet for the older people and they also had their dinner enjoyed bingo, sing alongs and other activities like that.
“It’s unfortunate that the building on Drogheda Street is there and has been there and we haven’t been allowed into it,” said Mr Ryan. “And at the same time the HSE has done nothing with it. So that’s it, it’s over. Several of the older people who were coming to us are currently going to Kildare to the service there and I imagine that some more will follow or stop going out to meet people altogether,” he said.
When it was announced a couple of weeks ago that the Monasterevin Day Care.
The HSE has said it is committed to the Monasterevin Day Care Centre project and that it is on the capital plan for construction subject to funding being made available. The HSE has made funding available for the design phase of the project and a design team have been appointed. It is estimated that the design phase will be completed early in 2018. Once the design phase is completed the HSE will establish the exact amount of funding required from the capital plan for construction. The original feasibility study in 2015 proposes a construction cost of €540,000. A project timeline can be developed once the design and costing phases are complete.”
Local councillor Mark Wall says that the timeline as outlined by the HSE is too slow.
“I have spoken with the HSE CEO for the area David Walsh and I am aware that he is genuinely committed to getting the money that is needed for the construction. However, what I am saying is that this needs to happen a lot quicker that has been outlined by the HSE. Monasterevin can’t be left without these services, which the elderly of Monasterevin rely on and need to have within their own community. Therefore I am asking the HSE to speed up delivery of this service back on Drogheda Street and I am working with the HSE to ensure that this happens urgently.”