By Orla Hearns
Noting the disproportionately high incidence of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Mayo, Cllr Kilcoyne said the scenario in the hospital had to be contributing to the spread of the virus in the county.
“There is no other reason. It’s not that the people of Mayo are more delicate than the people of Galway, Sligo, Leitrim or Roscommon.”
He said it was very disappointing that only one of Mayo’s four TDs, Deputy Dara Calleary, had raised the situation at MUH with the Minister for Health Simon Harris. The councillor argued that hospital-specific Covid-19 data should be made available to the public as a right and repeated his call for the Department to send someone in to take over the management of the hospital.
Responding to Saolta’s response to therequest for MUH-specific Covid-19 data, Ms Teresa Shaw, daughter of the late Jackie Carolan, said: “At this stage it is frustrating and upsetting that the management are refusing to answer the questions asked of them. The CEO [of Saolta] has admitted on air that staff were looking after Covid and non-Covid patients and that’s it.
“I ask myself does the CEO not realise that death has been the result of the above practice and families are going through a lot of grief and pain. In my opinion, the CEO and management of MUH should be made step down,” she concluded, adding that infection control at the hospital should also be investigated.