CT Scanning Services must be restored immediately to Ennis General Hospital

October 29th, 2009 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has urged the Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney to restore CT facilities at the Mid-West Regional Hospital in Ennis as a matter of urgency.

Deputy Breen raised this matter with Minister Harney by way of parliamentary question recently which was forwarded to the HSE for reply.

“I have now been informed that the HSE are currently recruiting for a temporary Consultant Radiologist to fill the vacancy which has arisen at the Hospital following the departure of the Temporary Radiologist who was employed in Ennis and who has moved to UK to take up a position over there.”

“I cannot understand how it has come to this, in 2007 I was informed that €550,000 per annum had been available by the HSE and that this included the recruitment of a Consultant Radiologist.”

“Why has it taken this length of time to recruit a Consultant? It is a disgrace that we are being put in this position, the money was allocated and still nobody has been appointed.”

“I also find it hard to believe that a temporary radiologist will be recruited in the short-term with the month of November only a few days away.”

“Minister Harney and the HSE have let this situation arise where all CT services at Ennis General Hospital have been suspended. We waited long enough to the have the service put in the first place”.

“I would urge Minister Harney and the HSE to recruit a full-time Consultant Radiologist and restore this essential service to Ennis General Hospital as a matter of urgency. If the HSE are serious about piloting the Hospital for the roll-out of the PACs IT systems in the first quarter of 2010, they should start by immediately appointing a full-time Consultant Radiologist.”