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Harris Vows To Keep St Joseph’s Open

Latest press release from Simon Harris TD, issued on Thursday, November 7th 2019…

Wicklow TD Simon Harris to meet with HSE as he vows St Joseph’s will not close its doors.

Mr Harris told the Dail he would not allow this vital service to end, stating, “The doors are not going to close. I know these letters have caused significant anxiety for patients and their families. I know St. Joseph’s very well. It is a superb facility with incredible staff. I know many of the residents are families personally. There are two parts to it.

“A day care part of it is funded by the HSE. The HSE is intensively engaging to try agree additional funding for that to keep it open. And the second part in relation to the residential place is the price is negotiated through the NTPF. This facility will not close.”

Minister Harris urged organisations to engage with the HSE and the NTPF to ensure patients do not suffer.

Minister Harris will meet with the HSE over coming days to discuss matters.

No confirmation if tomorrow’s planned public rally on St Joseph’s threatened closure – planned for 7.30pm at Bray’s Martello – will now go ahead.