Paul Reid, the HSE’s Chief Executive Officer, has been asked to compile a report that investigates an array of concerns surrounding Mayo University Hospital’s handling of Covid and non-Covid patients.
Minister for Health Simon Harris confirmed to Mayo T.D. Dara Calleary in the Dail today that he has requested a report on the situation at MUH.
Saolta, the hospital’s management group, said in a statement this week that there is no crossover of staff between patients with the virus and those without it, despite staff expressing views to the contrary last week.
And local independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne revealed on Monday that some staff at the Castlebar-based hospital who are dealing with Covid-19 patients have still not been tested for the virus themselves.
One family seeking answers from hospital management is that of the late Jackie Carolan of Bellacorick who passed away in a Covid-19 bay at MUH on April 1, having been admitted to a non-Covid-19 ward for stroke treatment on March 18. He was tested for Covid-19 and two days after his death the test results were confirmed as positive.
Deputy Calleary sought the intervention of Minister Harris last Thursday in light of the concerns being raised about the care of patients during the pandemic.
Details of the timeframe for Paul Reid’s report have not yet been announced.