Dáil debates

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Vaccination Programme and Covid-19: Statements


11:10 am

Photo of Colm BurkeColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

Last week, I raised the issue of long Covid and did not receive a written response. Could I have a written response on the plan the Department and HSE intend to put in place to deal with this issue?

I refer to the Sláintecare report on elective hospitals for Cork, Galway and Dublin. The plan has been totally and utterly watered down. Covid has clearly illustrated that there are not adequate facilities to deal with a pandemic. A report was produced in Cork in 2015 which clearly set out the need for a new hospital. According to Sláintecare, a day care facility will be open six days a week 50 weeks a year from, I presume, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. That is not good enough. It is not acceptable. I am looking for a detailed answer on the proposal for an elective hospital in Cork. The proposal from Sláintecare will not be accepted.


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