Feidhmíonn Comharchumann Árainn Mhór mar eagrais forbartha pobal a sholáthraíonn aiseanna pobal, seirbhísí trádála, seirbhísí riaracháin agus tacaíochta do phobal Árainn Mhór. Tá sé mar aidhm ag an chomharchumann, trínár gcuid gníomhaíochtaí, acmhainní timpeallachta, turasóireachta, chultúrtha agus oidhreachta an oileáin a fheabhsú agus a fhorbairt, ar mhaithe le saol eacnamaíochta, cultúrtha agus sóisialta pobal an oileáin a fheabhsú. Bainisteoir: Nóirín Uí Mhaoldomhnaigh.
PUBLIC MEETING RE Dungloe Community Hospital
A PUBLIC MEETING WILL BE HELD IN IONAD TEAMPAILL CHRÓINE ON NEXT WEDNESDAY NIGHT THE 23RD FEBRUARY AT 8.00PM TO DISCUSS THIS ISSUE. When the politicians come knocking on your door please remember to ask them this question. When will Dungloe hospital get back its 44 bed allocation? Since December 2010, our local hospital in Dungloe has lost 14 beds. Does anyone recall the weeks and weeks of icy cold weather? Note: any elderly person in need of COMMUNITY HOSPITAL Care was denied due to the ongoing closure of 14 beds in our hospital. Remember, it is OUR COMMUNITY HOSPITAL; the patients are our relatives and our friends. We must demand that the HSE re-open these beds again and replace the staff which due to retirements, maternity leave, sickness e.t.c. Nurses are not being replaced. This is hat has led to the closure of beds. Sorry, but this is simply not good enough. There are plenty of nurses who do not have sufficient work or indeed any work. The “moratorium” on new employment must be lifted. Our population is rural and isolated. Perhaps the powers that be think that it is ok for our elderly to have no COMMUNITY HOSPITAL available to them? Is it ok to wait for a bed to become free by another patients death? Sadly, someone must die to make space for another. What about the Carers, there is no respite available for these people who are caring for people in their homes and are in need of a break? Figures released tell us that there were 30 people waiting for a bed at Christmas. Some of our Carers are elderly themselves and are not able to cope. We cannot allow money to be put before the most vulnerable members of our Society. It will take years, if ever for these cuts to be reversed. There is also the worry locally about the privatisation of our hospital. Action needs to be taken by this community to keep our hospital accessible to all. There is now no hospice bed available to our community residents. Shall we do something about our COMMUNITY HOSPITAL or shall we say nothing and hope that this too shall pass?
Let us, as a community get together to ensure that those with responsibility for this outrageous cut back on our elderly population do not conveniently forget that those 14 beds ever existed. 14 beds = 14 patients who are unable to access a bed in our local hospital due to “cut backs”