Breen welcomes publication of HIQA Terms of Reference but warns that the report must not used as a smokescreen to further the Agenda of axing 24/7 Accident & Emergency Services at Ennis General Hospital.

October 6th, 2008 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has welcomed the publication of the HIQA Terms of reference describing them as “comprehensive and wide ranging” while adding that “the report must not be used as a smokescreen to further the agenda of axing 24/7 Accident and Emergency Services at the Hospital.

“I welcome the publication of the terms of reference for the HIQA investigation at Ennis General Hospital which are comprehensive and wide ranging. I am disappointed however that there will be no investigation into the disappearance of a mammogram at St. James Hospital in Dublin a designated centre of excellence.”

“I hope that the issues will be dealt with swiftly and that the findings will be delivered within the three-month time frame. I also express the hope that the families of the bereaved will get the answers they deserve.”

“Lessons must be learned, however, this Report must not be used as a smokescreen for furthering the agenda of axing 24/7 Accident and Emergency Services at the Hospital. Years of neglect and failure to deliver much needed funding by this Government has exacerbated the situation at the Hospital, forcing staff and management to work in crowded conditions without proper facilities. The Accident and Emergency Department must not become the fall guy for the Government’s lack of action.”