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Older person services: HSE Midlands report on the consultation process. May - July 2012
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|Title: ||Older person services: HSE Midlands report on the consultation process. May - July 2012|
|Issue Date: ||Aug-2012 |
|Additional Links: ||http://www.hse.ie|
|Description: ||This is the summary of the engagement with residents and next of kin as well as
interested parties and the public in the consultation process for Older Person
Services for the Midlands. In particular the potential closure of two community
nursing units, Abbeyleix Community Nursing Unit and St Brigids Hospital Shaen.
In October and November 2011, the HSE announced the closure of St. Brigids
Hospital Shaen and Abbeyleix Community Nursing Unit, Abbeyleix. During the course
of a judicial review, the HSE set aside its decision regarding Shaen and Abbeyleix.
Instead the HSE gave a commitment to undertake a consultation exercise, in
particular with the residents and next of kin with the public and other interested
parties regarding the future of the two units.
In May 2012, the HSE published the Older Persons Services HSE Midlands
Information and Consultation Document. This was the first document that was
undertaken to comply with the HSE national policy titled HSE Protocol Consultation
Policy Document in Relation to the Potential Closure of Public Long Stay Units. The
information policy document and the consultation policy document are attached in
the appendix section.
The consultation period began on the 24th of May 2012 with the formal closing date
for written submissions being the 20th July 2012. This report presents the list of key
contributors to the consultation process. The contributors engaged with the process
by attending a formal meeting or via email, post and written submissions. A
dedicated e-mail address was set up to facilitate submissions from interested
parties. Broadly the main categories who submitted communications regarding the
consultation process were;
a. Residents and Next of Kin
b. Interested Parties such as Action Groups
c. Public Representatives
d. Unions and Staff Representatives
As part of the Consultation Process 96 written submissions were received to the
dedicated email or by post. 8 meetings, in addition to those 55 meetings which took
place with the residents and next of kin were facilitated. 1,939 petitions in favour of
maintaining services at Abbeyleix Community Nursing Unit were also received.
Further information to support the submissions from the groups is in the Appendix.
It should also be noted that the entirety and all of the information received during
the consultation process will be provided to the Designated Officer.
All of the information and submissions received will be presented to the Designated
Officer on the 16th August 2012 and thereafter a decision and recommendation in
relation to the future of both units will be made.
In the interest of ensuring Data Protection Act Compliance individual submissions
will not be published.
All parties welcomed the opportunity to give their views regarding the future of St
Brigids Hospital Shaen and Abbeyleix Community Nursing Unit and welcomed the
Information and Consultation Document provided as context to how services within
the Midlands are being provided.|
|Keywords: ||OLDER PEOPLE|
|Appears in Collections: ||Older People|
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