he Laois Offaly TD has raised the issue with the outgoing Health Minister.
St. Vincent’s Hospital Mountmellick and Abbeyleix hospital have been in desperate need of expansion and refurbishment for some time, according to Sinn Fein's Brian Stanley.
The Laois Offaly TD says he says he's raised this issue again with the outgoing Health Minister Simon Harris as there is nothing in Capital budget so far for either.
€28,000 is allocated for Mountmellick to cover the cost of roof repairs and fire safety works and in Abbeyleix for some minor alterations were carried out internally to provide extra beds during the COVID emergency with funding of €110k is allocated for upgrade works on the roof.
Deputy Stanley says there is a need for major refurbishment and extension costs which are estimated at €10-€12 million for Abbeyleix, or the €23 million for the new building needed in Mountmellick to provide 130 bed capacity there and that the facilities are in desperate need of an upgrade and expansion, which have been unjustly neglected by the successive government.
He also says there is an overwhelming demand for places in Mountmellick and Abbeyleix. This is down to the excellent level of care provided by staff in both hospitals and as the population of Laois is increasing it's expected there will be a sharp rise in the number of elderly over the next two decades.