Monday 20 October 2014

Q&A: the wind-down

Published 25/01/2014 | 02:30

Q Why is Mount Carmel Hospital going to close?

NAMA has been keeping it afloat at a loss of €10m and pulled the plug. The High Court has given the go-ahead for it to go into liquidation.

Q What will this mean for the 20 women a week who give birth there?

The liquidators have promised an orderly wind-down in the coming weeks. It means women who were due to give birth in the coming days will continue to do so. Women who were due in the coming weeks are to be offered an alternative maternity hospital.

Q Will other patients continue to be treated there?

Routine procedures including surgery are being cancelled from Monday. Doctors will refer them to a private hospital or private facility in a public hospital.

Q Will women get their deposits back?

Yes, NAMA will return all deposits.

Q How many patients are still in the hospital?

A spokeswoman for the liquidators said there were 60 in-patients last night. These will be gradually discharged.

Q What about the staff?

The staff will be let go and will only be paid up to the end of next week. They will get statutory redundancy.

Q Who can patients call?

Patients can call (01) 408 6966 from 9am to 5pm, or mail: mountcarmel@rsmfgs.ie.

Irish Independent

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