Delays of over a year on improvements to Fermoy Community Hospital are in breach of compliance standards set out by health service watchdog HIQA. 

Construction work that was supposed to commence in July 2019, and which was designed to improve the quality of life of 71 residents in the hospital, is yet to begin and has just been put out to tender, the HSE has confirmed. 

Bedroom accommodation in one of the hospital's three units "does not support the provision of privacy and dignity to residents," according to a report published by HIQA (The Health Information and Quality Authority) in September 2019. 

Long-term residents did not have adequate space for the storage of their personal effects in another unit, and in this same unit, residents eat meals in their bedrooms due to a lack of proper dining room facilities. 

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