Efforts by Deputy Pat Breen T.D. to raise the imminent closure of 24 Hour Accident & Emergency Services at Ennis General Hospital ruled out of Order.

April 2nd, 2009 - Pat Breen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen was ruled out of order in the Dail this morning when he attempted to raise the imminent closure of 24 Hour Accident & Emergency Services at Ennis General Hospital.

 

 

Speaking afterwards Deputy Breen said “No one in Government is willing to answer questions, this morning the Tanaiste ruled out any debate on this matter and the Health Minister is no where to be seen. The Accident & Emergency Department at Limerick Regional Hospital is in chaos where patients are on trolleys every day, talks have collapsed between the unions and the HSE, there is no agreement with GP’s in this county and we still have no details on what additional resources if any will be put in place. Minister Harney gave a commitment that 24 Hr Accident & Emergency Services would not be removed from Ennis General Hospital if additional were not in place. The reality is that the resources are not in place and the Minister must immediately re-examine the decision to close 24 A&E Services at Ennis Hospital from Monday next, otherwise serious pain will be inflicted on the people of County Clare particularly those living in West and North Clare”.

 

 

Official Text – Dail Eireann – Thursday, 2nd April 2009

 

 

Deputy Pat Breen:

 

I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 as a matter of extreme importance, namely, the plans to press ahead with the ending of 24-hour accident and emergency services in Ennis General Hospital. There is chaos at Limerick Regional Hospital this week where there is a large number of patients on trolleys, 28 on Monday morning, 17 on Tuesday and 21 yesterday. Limerick Regional Hospital will not be able to cope with the extra patients from Ennis and Nenagh. Talks have collapsed between the unions and the Health Service Executive. There is no agreement with GPs and we have no details of what additional resources will be made available to the ambulance service.

The Minister for Health and Children gave a commitment that 24-hour accident and emergency services would not be removed from Ennis if the resources were not in place. As the resources are not in place the Minister must immediately re-examine the decision to close 24-hour accident and emergency services in Ennis from Monday next.