WEST CORK: Minister Jim Daly allays fears over Bantry Hospital

11 October 2017
By Bryan Smyth
bryan@TheCork.ie

Cork South West Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Jim Daly, has today, Wednesday, moved to reassure people in relation to concerns around staffing at Bantry General Hospital.

Jim Daly TD, Minister for Mental Health and Older People,
Picture: David Keane.

In a statement, Minister Daly said, ‘It has been brought to my attention that there is concern in the public domain regarding Bantry General Hospital. I want to be clear and confirm that the consultant surgeon has retired and that his position will be filled. I can confirm today, from speaking directly to HSE officials that HSE has started the process to recruit a new consultant surgeon for Bantry General Hospital.’

Earlier this week, locals in Bantry had feared the worst when news that the consultant surgeon was leaving Bantry General Hospital. However Minister Daly has confirmed that the HSE were actively recruiting for more positions within the hospital, ‘The HSE has confirmed directly to me that they are advertising for two positions at present, a Consultant Surgeon and a Senior House Officer for the hospital.’

Minister Daly concluded, ‘I want to take this opportunity to wish the consultant surgeon the very best in their retirement and to thank them for their service to Bantry General Hospital and to the people of Bantry. I also want to take this opportunity to thank all staff within the hospital who are providing a first class service to the people of Bantry and Cork South West.’