Private hospital given green light as appeal delays mid-west critical care unit

PLANS for a private day care hospital have been given the green light by Limerick City Council.

The proposed development at the Parkway Shopping Centre will provide 100 construction jobs and 60 permanent jobs.

Dublin-based developers Lindat plan to develop the centre on the site of the closed down Park Bar which will be demolished along with a number of vacant retail outlets.

The plans provide for a diagnostic day surgery, a treatment centre and medical treatment services. The building will also have administrative offices, reception area and cafe.

John Doherty, of Harcourt Developments, the holding company for Lindat, owners of the Parkway Shopping Centre, said the hospital will provide up to 60 high value jobs and more than 100 will be employed in its construction.

Meanwhile, Labour health spokeswoman Jan O’Sullivan has expressed concern that a planned critical care facility at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital scheduled to be built and in operation early next year will be delayed indefinitely due to a planning appeal by developers Sisk & Sons Ltd.

As part of the proposed reconfiguration of emergency department & services throughout the mid-west, a unit incorporating intensive care, coronary care, high dependency care, and cardiac care facilities is planned at the hospital.

While Limerick County Council have granted planning permission, Sisks has appealed to An Bord Pleanála the request for €834,572 in development levies as part of the planning conditions.

Ms O’Sullivan said: “It will be at least December before a decision is made. When the HSE announced a downgrading of A&E and surgical services provided in Nenagh and Ennis hospitals, there was an agreement and understanding that additional resources and investment would be targeted for the regional hospital, however instead what we have seen is a gradual cutback in services, along with bed and ward closures.”

She said the HSE must put in place a contingency plan on how they intend to deal with the expected rise in demand for services over the winter months.

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