Services at Ennis General Hospital to be sacrificed again - BREEN

July 9th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen said today (Thursday) that the HSE had plenty of warnings that the shortage of Junior Doctors could affect the delivery of frontline emergency services. Deputy Breen is urgently the HSE to review staffing levels amongst junior doctors fearing that Emergency Services at the Mid West Regional Hospital in Ennis could face further curtailments.

“Several weeks ago I highlighted the fact that the chronic shortage of junior doctors and the non filling of 140 positions could have on the delivery of frontline emergency services in this Region, particularly at Ennis General Hospital.”

“I am very concerned that Emergency Services at Ennis General Hospital will be further curtailed following comments made today by the lead consultant in emergency medicine in the Mid-West Region Dr Cathal O’Donnell that from the end of this month the situation in relation to staffing at
Ennis in particular was “uncertain”.

“Curtailment of services at Ennis General Hospital has already resulted in night-time restrictions at the A&E Department and it is totally unacceptable if services at the Hospital are to be sacrificed again.”

“The Health Minister Mary Harney and the HSE have had plenty warnings that the chronic shortage of Junior Doctors could affect the delivery of frontline emergency services and in spite of all the warnings no effort has been made to review staffing levels and where necessary recruit the required staff and it is the people of County Clare who are going to bear the brunt of the pain for this failure. It is just not good enough.