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A CORK TD said the delivery of an elective hospital in Cork “must be expedited” as the need for the hospital increases.

Fine Gael Health and Cork North Central TD spokesman Colm Burke said a growing population and the future arrival of refugees in the country will lead to more demands on health services.

His comments follow a recent visit by the Oireachtas Health Committee to the site of St Stephen’s Hospital at Sarsfield Court in Glanmire, where a meeting was held with senior members of HSE South and a site visit was conducted. organized.

The site was supported as a suitable location for the new elective hospital by many local politicians due to the size of the site and its accessibility.

Deputy Burke said the visit from the Oireachtas Health Committee was ‘helpful’ as other members of the committee ‘could see the potential in Sarsfield Court’.

“There are 117 acres there and facilities for psychiatric services, but you could start with an elective hospital there and build it in blocks later because you have plenty of room for expansion there. .

“You are not bound and also unlikely to have any scheduling problems due to the fact that you are not imposing on anyone there,” he said.

Independent Local Councilor Ger Keohane, who has long campaigned for the new elective hospital to be on the site of St Stephen’s Hospital, said: ‘If the hospital was given the green light it would serve people on the north side and beyond. This would clear up the backlog of people going to CUH or downtown hospitals.

Independent Local Councilor Ger Keohane has long campaigned for the new elective hospital to be on the site of St Stephen’s Hospital. Photo Denis Minihane.

“It would be easily accessible from the M8 motorway and the bus services to Glanmire are excellent.” Speaking about the need to improve mental health services at all levels, MP Burke said mental health services in Cork, in particular, need urgent review.

“We need additional funding for psychiatric services. They now say that in fact the psychiatric facility at CUH is the only one that actually meets all the standards of the Mental Health Commission and that there is an urgent need to review the whole mental health service with regard to hospitals in the South. -South West Hospital Group.