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Moloneys Motion for Tipperary University Hospital.

A motion put before Tipperary County Council today to have the south tipp general hospital renamed Tipperary University Hospital received the full support of the council.

Cllr Andy Moloney was responsible for moving the motion where he claimed that STGH needed to come in line with other acute hospitals within the South southwest hospital group (SSWHG). UCC is the recognised academic partner of the STGH group. The other hospitals in the group are Cork University Hospital,Mercy University Hospital, south infirmary Victoria University Hospital, Kerry University Hospital and university hospital Waterford. The main reason for the motion is that as a model 3 hospital within the hospital group, south Tipperary should have the same recognition as the other hospitals, Mercy University Hospital and Kerry University Hospital. The hospital in Clonmel has academic links to UCC with medical students, UL with postgrad medical students, nursing students,Physio students and with WIT nursing students.

STGH is an excellent teaching facility with many of the consultants recognised as teachers as they are senior lecturers with the university who also boast the services of Professor O Regan. The hospitals patients come from the county of Tipperary , west Waterford and North Cork. The changing of the name will make it more difficult to downgrade it in the future.

Cllr Moloneys motion got the full support of his colleagues and will now be sent to the Minister for Health, Simon Harris for consideration.