BREEN questions ability of Limerick Regional Hospital to cope as D-DAY approaches for the removal of 24/7 Accident and Emergency Services from Ennis General Hospital.

April 3rd, 2009 - Pat Breen
As D-Day for 24/7 Accident and Emergency Services at Ennis General Hospital approaches Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen is questioning the ability of Limerick Regional Hospital to be able to cope with the influx of additional patients from Ennis and Nenagh.”Thousands of Clare people marched on the Streets of Ennis again last Saturday and in spite of numerous pledges from the Health Minister Mary Harney we still have no details of what additional resources she have in place to deliver her plan to remove 24/7 Accident and Emergency services from our Hospital.”

“There is huge concern that the Accident and Emergency Department at Limerick Regional Hospital will not be able to cope with the influx of additional patients. I am inundated with calls from families of patients who have attended A&E in Limerick in recent weeks. Patients are been left on trolleys for extended periods, yesterday there were 17 people on Trolleys in Limerick and on Monday there were 28 people on trolleys.”

“We have no details either on what level of ambulance service cover we will have throughout the County from Monday next and the National Spatial Strategy has not yet been published. I raised this matter recently with the Minister Harney by way of parliamentary question and I am still no wiser as to when this report will be published.”

“It is time for Minister Harney, the HSE and this Government to come clean on the future of 24/7 emergency cover in County Clare; the Minister should pull back from the brink; if this plan to reduce the hours of operation at the Accident & Emergency Department here at Ennis General Hospital goes ahead on Monday next without having the necessary resources put in place there will be a lot of pain inflicted on the people of County Clare especially those living in West Clare and North Clare.”