Letter to the Editor: Convert empty buildings into hospitals

Letter to the Editor: Convert empty buildings into hospitals

The conditions that many patients endure in the Irish healthcare system are an outrageous injustice.

As recently reported by the Irish Examiner, patients of University Hospital Waterford’s psychiatric unit have slept on the floor.

This shouldn’t happen, not for a single patient, in no matter what unit.

But it’s particularly horrific for people who have mental health issues, and who need, at a minimum, good conditions to feel better.

And the sheer amount of people throughout Ireland waiting on hospital trolleys is unacceptable.

If there’s not enough space for patients, the HSE should buy and convert unused buildings to accommodate patients, whether they are in for psychiatric or general care.

One option could be the Ely Hospital in Ferrybank, Wexford Town.

It seems that the hospital is either underused or abandoned. It could be renovated or extended to accommodate any overspill of patients from hospitals like Waterford’s University Hospital, or Wexford’s General Hospital, if those facilities are brimful.

I’m sure there are other, similar buildings around the country that could likewise be converted. Such a policy should be acted upon immediately.

-Robbie Rowe

Wexford

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