Pat Breen T.D. urges support for Hospital Protest March

March 27th, 2009 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen is calling on the people of County Clare to come out in force in support of the Hospital Protest March which takes place on Saturday next.

“Over the past ten years and in spite of numerous pre-Election promises by this Government, Ennis General Hospital has been downgraded by removing services from the Hospital bit by bit. The latest move will see Surgical and Accident & Emergency Services centralised at Limerick Regional Hospital which will further undermine the future of our Hospital in Ennis.”
“The reality is that the resources or funding is not in place to implement the recommendations of the Teamwork Report. Today we read reports of the serious overcrowding problems at the Accident & Emergency Department at Limerick Regional Hospital where there were 19 people waiting on Trolleys on Monday. The facilities are in place in Limerick and they will not be able to cope with the additional patients from Ennis and Nenagh.”
“I recently tabled a series of parliamentary questions to the Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney regarding Ennis General Hospital. I have been advised that the building to accommodate the new CT scanner has been completed at a cost of €1.5m, while I understand a further €2,5m will be spent in 2009 on developing endoscopy facilities and Day Surgical capacity. I have also been advised recently by John Hennessy, HSE Networks Manager that the brief for the ward upgrades has been revised and is currently going through a cost benefit analysis and subject to planning permission, the ward upgrade will go to tender in 2009.”“However, it is very difficult for the people of County Clare to have confidence that this Government will deliver on any commitments when there is still no sign of the €39m redevelopment project for the Hospital.”
“I would urge the people of Clare to come out in force on Saturday and give a clear signal to this Government that we are tired of listening to empty promises and that we do not want to see our Hospital further downgraded.”