Come on CUH, out with the apology

The shocking revelation that a charity-funded cystic fibrosis clinic in Cork University Hospital, which only opened in 2011, is to be demolished within 24 months, and the arrogant response to this appalling situation says a lot about the management of CUH.

And now, are we to believe the charity is being forced into giving €2.3 million for a 20 bed respiratory ward without having eight beds ring-fenced for CF patients, the sole purpose of their endeavours?

Instead of trying to defend the indefensible could the management of CUH not apologise for their shocking behaviour and stop the delay in providing this essential service?

Only the ring-fencing of the beds for CF patients will protect the cystic fibrosis community from revisiting this appalling situation again as well as protecting the management of CUH from itself.

The CF community were advised as to how many adult CF beds were needed in CUH yet now CUH are stating they never put an ‘exact’ figure on the number of beds.

May I ask the hospital management to put an ‘exact’ figure on how many beds are needed, given the adult CF population in CUH was 85 in 2005, is 160 now and will likely be in the region of 250 by 2020?

And would it not be fair to both CUH and the Build4Life charity that the figure of €2.3m should be divided by eight (the numbers of beds originally agreed) and multiplied by the number of beds CUH now feels is adequate.

For example if CUH thinks they can operate the adult CF inpatient programme with four beds, then the charity could give €1,15m.

Or is it indeed the situation that CUH will not ring-fence any beds for CF patients, not even one?

To the charity I would say beware, because if the hospital is this hostile before funds are handed over I can only assume they will raise their game after the funds are transferred.

Caveat emptor!

Stephen Brosnan

Classes Lake


Co Cork

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