Sinn Féin County Councillor in Louth has hit out at the HSE for not repairing a laundry boiler in Louth County Hospital. He is claiming that transporting linen and staff to the Lourdes Hospital is costing more than the repairs.
Councillor Sharkey says “Approximately 6 weeks ago the boiler in Louth County Hospital was inspected. It needs to be repaired. Since then dirty hospital linen from Louth County Hospital and St Oliver’s Hospital in Dundalk is being ferried up and down the motorway to be laundered in the Lourdes.
“Staff who work in Louth County Hospital also are being taxied to the Lourdes hospital to carry out the laundry work. Last month I asked the HSE to outline when repairs will take place.
“Hospital staff have been told that the HSE has no intention of fixing the boiler for another 6 months. I think this is a stupid situation. Fixing a water boiler to ensure linen is properly washed on site will reduce transport costs and also reduce the risk of cross contamination.
“I am concerned that in 6 months time, the HSE will attempt to close the laundry in Louth County Hospital and redeploy the staff. I am also concerned that the HSE will follow Minister Brendan Howlin’s guidance and try to outsource or privatise laundry services from our hospitals.
“I have requested that the HSE supply a costing of the work needed in Dundalk’s laundry and also a costing of the transport costs.”