Breen urges Minister Tony Killeen to intervene to avert transfers from Mid Western Regional Hospital in Ennis.

September 15th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has questioned today (Wednesday) the decision to transfer Nurses from the Mid West Regional Hospital in Ennis to the Mid Western Regional Hospital. “Is it because Tipperary has greater political clout even though we have a Minister sitting around the Cabinet table? Deputy Breen has appealed to the HSE and the Health Minister Mary Harney to reverse this decision and he has called on local Fianna Minister Tony Killeen to intervene to avert the transfers and any further erosion of services from Ennis.

Deputy Breen’s comments follow the news that the HSE is planning to transfer a number of staff, mainly, nurses from the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Ennis to the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick and that they will be transferred from Ennis until the end of the year.

“Nurses and Staff at the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Ennis are paying the price for the decision by the HSE and the Health Minister to press ahead with the reconfiguration to acute services in this Region even though no additional resources were put in place in Limerick. Nurses and patients are now bearing the brunt of the pain for this bad planning

“They are also paying the price for the failure of the HSE and the Health Minister to address the chronic shortage of doctors in our Hospitals, even though they have had plenty warning to get their house in order.”

“Stripping resources from Ennis General Hospital at a time when planning permission has just been granted for the construction of two new wards at the Hospital makes no sense. It is a busy hospital and my fear is that transferring staff from Ennis will lead to a further downgrading of the Hospital.”

“I would appeal to the HSE and the Health Minister Mary Harney to reverse this decision, the problems in Limerick are of their own making and they should be resolved without any implications for staff and services here in Ennis and I would also ask Minister Tony Killeen to intervene to avert this transfer and prevent further erosion of hospital services.