SIPTU has called on the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) to immediately enter into serious negotiations with possible buyers of Mount Carmel Hospital, Churchtown, Dublin, and take into account the cost to the State if the planned closure of the facility goes ahead. SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “We believe that there is an opportunity to maintain this hospital as a going concern if agreement can be reached between NAMA and those who have expressed an interest in purchasing the facility.“If this can be achieved it would result in savings to the State in terms of redundancy payments which will be owed to employees if the hospital closes while it will also maintain a large number of beds within the healthcare system.”SIPTU Organiser, Kevin Figgis, said: “We believe that everything possible should be done to maintain the operation of the hospital and retain the jobs of workers employed at the facility. We are calling on the Government and NAMA to ensure that all avenues are fully explored in order to sell this landmark hospital as a going concern.”SIPTU representatives will meet with the provisional liquidators appointed to the Mount Carmel Hospital tomorrow (Tuesday, 28th January) at 3.00 p.m. The provisional liquidators were appointed by the High Court on Friday (24th January).SIPTU represents workers from several grades at the hospital which has a total workforce of over 300.