Minister Simon Harris has asked the CEO of the HSE to compile a report addressing the issues raised, over several weeks now, around the management of Covid and non covid patients at Mayo University Hospital .

Minister Harris confirmed that to Mayo Fianna Fail deputy Dara Calleary in the Dail this afternoon.

Yesterday evening, after days being asked - Saolta issued a statement to Midwest News saying that at Mayo University Hospital Covid 19 and non covid 19 patients are not in the same wards and that there is no crossover of staff between patients with the virus and those without it.

In summary the statement said .. there are two pathways of care in Mayo University Hospital. One pathway is to cater for patients with COVID-19 and patients with suspected COVID-19. The second pathway is for non COVID-19 patients. Each pathway has separate wards, separate emergency departments and also separate intensive care units.

Concluding.. staff do not treat patients with COVID-19 as well as non COVID-19 patients.

Last Thursday Deputy Calleary had asked Minister Harris to intervene and secure a response from Saolta on what was happening at the Castlebar hospital in light of the many issues of concern around the management of Covid and non Covid patients at the hospital highlighted by local politicians, local and national media and the families of patients in the hospital for weeks and days now.

This evening Deputy Calleary says he has been told by Minister Harris that the CEO of the HSE Paul Reid will undertake a report on the situation at Mayo University Hospital and address the many questions and concerns that have been raised.

Details of the timeframe for that report have not yet been announced

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