Hundreds take to the streets in protest to 'Save Respite Care' at Cherryorchard Hospital
Carers and their loved ones who receive roll-over respite care in Cherryorchard Hospital have been informed by the HSE that the newly refurbished Beech Unit at Cherryorchard Hospital is to close indefinitely. The management at the hospital have said that the closure of the Beech Unit is due to staff shortages for the Summer months. However, management at Cherryorchard Hospital could not give any guarantees as to when it will reopen.
The carers and their families with the support of People Before Profit held a protest on Friday 3rd July last at 4pm.
They marched from the Church of Assumption (at Kylemore roundabout, Ballyfermot) and ended at Cherryorchard Hospital where a delegation went inside to hand in thousands of petitions to keep the ward open.
Another couple described the inappropriateness and lack of security for their family member who being transferred was very confused by the move. Carers who were part of the delegation were understandably upset and angry. They wanted to know why hospital management did not plan for the annual and maternity leave. They wanted to know how many staff were actually required to cover the staff holidays and identified that 25 people going on holidays did not require 25 new replacement staff.. They wanted to know how the hospital could not find the staff when there's 416,000 on the live register. They wanted to know why the hospital is shutting a ward when they've just carried out expensive refurbishments on that specialist ward.
After the delegation came out an impromptu meeting was held to discuss the next steps of the campaign. Looks like the protests will not be stopping anytime soon.