There is no sign of the long promised modular build extension to the Emergency Dept at Mayo University Hospital, despite often severe overcrowding in the department, with patients left on trolleys along the corridor for extended periods waiting for admission to the hospital.

The lack of progress on the much needed development is due to two reasons according to the Chief Operator for the Saolta Group Anne Cosgrove. She told Midwest News today that infrastructural enabling works on the hospital grounds have not yet been undertaken and the capital funding is curtailed which means there has been no formal funding approved for the temporary construction.

Ms Cosgrove also confirmed that no additional beds will open this winter at either Mayo or Galway University Hospitals, despite the ongoing overcrowding crisis at both facilities.

An additional 647,000 euro from government was confirmed last week jointly for the Saolta Group and Community  Healthcare West, and it will support improved patient care in hospitals and community services in this region.

Midwest Radio’s Paula Donnellan asked Ms Cosgrove for the up to date position on the proposed modular ED build at MUH and a new ED for UHG.

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