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Sunday 21 September 2014

Mount Carmel support group asks what hospital will close next?

Published 01/02/2014 | 11:09

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Some of the staff at Mount Carmel private hospital, which closed yesterday, stage a sit-in. Michael Donnelly/Collins

THE Mount Carmel support group has raised concerns following the closure of the hospital.

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The private maternity hospital in Ireland has closed its doors– it had been in operation since 1949.

The group added that the consequences of the closure are wide ranging from the loss of 350 jobs to the knock on effect on local suppliers.

A spokesperson said that despite public perceptions,  only 15pc of Mount Carmel business came from maternity services.

She added that staff have been offered no more than more than statutory redundancy payments despite years of dedicated service and are set to wait six months to receive even that.

“Why is this liquidation being rushed through?,” she asked today.

“How much would Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs spend to attract over 350 multinational jobs to the country? Why are Mount Carmel jobs not as important or valuable as multinational jobs?,” she added.

The group is lobbying to keep the hospital open.

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