Connaughton to meet Varadkar on Tuam health issues


East Galway T.D. Paul Connaughton is to meet with Health Minister Leo Varadkar in coming weeks to discuss the urgent need for additional respite care beds the Tuam area.
‘A number of families in the Tuam area have contacted me in recent weeks about the lack of available respite care beds in the town. I have been told of instances where people had to place loved ones in respite care in Clifden because of the lack of available places in the Tuam area.
‘I have arranged to meet the Minister for Health, Mr. Leo Varadkar, in relation to this issue in mid-September and at that meeting I will highlight the need for the HSE to work with private operators to ensure that beds are available across the region and will also highlight to Minister Varadkar the fact that a health campus in Tuam is currently lying idle. Another issue at the top of the agenda at that meeting will be the need for progress on the Tuam Primary Care Centre, which will help alleviate bottlenecks in the provision of public health care.
‘Caring for an elderly relative is difficult and the burden placed on these families, who are saving the state thousands of euro each week, is made even heavier in cases when they are unable to locate respite care beds close to home. This meeting in September is an excellent opportunity to highlight to the new Health Minister the issues surrounding the provision of healthcare in Tuam.’