Mayo Fine Gael TD Michelle Mulherin has welcomed the announcement that €200,000 is going to be spent on improving facilities at St Augustine’s Home in Ballina. This money is required to bring the facilities up to HIQA standard no 25. Otherwise the facility would face closure after 2015.
Deputy Mulherin said: “This is really welcome news which will allow St Augustine’s to keep up and ahead of the standards required by HIQA. I was very concerned that funding would be secured in time for the works to be carried out by the end of 2015 and have made the case for St Augustine’s and the other community nursing units in Mayo namely the McBride Home, St Fionnan’s and the D’Alton Home on numerous ocassions in the past 9 months to the Minister for Health and the HSE.
“I regularly discuss with HSE management the need for continued support for an excellent facility such as St Augustine’s and without a doubt the commitment of this money to improve facilities is concrete evidence of that commitment.
“I want to compliment HSE management in Mayo for their endeavours and co-operation in these very tough financial times, and also the Director of Nursing and staff at St Augustine’s, for the excellent quality of care they continue to give to patients.”