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Cork East Fine Gael TD, David Stanton has welcomed the massive investment in East Cork community hospitals announced today. A total of €15.32 million is being allocated to improve facilities in Midleton Community Hospital, Youghal Community Hospital, St Patrick’s Community Hospital, Fermoy, and Cois Abhainn in Youghal.

“I am delighted with today’s funding announcement. This investment in community and older people’s healthcare facilities in East Cork is unparalled. While the necessary works in some cases will take a few years to complete, all the works on all the facilities should be completed by the end of 2020.

“Midleton Community Hospital and Long Stay Unit will receive the highest allocation in the area, with €10.3 million being put aside for virtually a new facility which will be completed by 2020.

“Youghal Community Hospital will receive €2.67 million for substantial refurbishment works to conclude in 2019 and Cois Abhainn in Youghal will benefit from €350,000 for works to be completed next year.

“St Patrick’s Community Hospital, Fermoy will receive €2 million for refurbishment works to be concluded in 2018.

“Services for older people in the East Cork area have come under increasing pressure for bed spaces and facilities in recent years and this investment should go a long way to ensure the future viability of these hospitals as they will meet the highest standards as set out by HIQA. This funding will be not only benefit to older people using these services but also to their families and the staff who care for them but also the local economy during the construction phase”, concluded Deputy Stanton.