FG to force Dáil vote Ennis General Hospital – BREEN

February 9th, 2009 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. today (Monday) published a Private Members’ Motion (see text below) his Party will bring forward in the Dáil on Tuesday and Wednesday leading to a Dáil vote on Mid-West hospital services. Deputy Breen said the Local Government Deputies Dooley and Killeen would now be given an opportunity to vote to maintain A&E services in Ennis General Hospital

“The Government’s plans for hospital services in the Mid-West are supposed to be based on the HSE Teamwork report but the fact is that many basic recommendations in the report have not been implemented. Quite simply the conditions do not exist where it is viable for these local services to be safely removed.

“This issue comes down to trust. People do not trust the Government to put alternatives in place before removing their local services. Government Deputies, like Dooley and Killeen who say one thing in their constituency and a different thing in the Dáil will now have an opportunity to vote to put Clare patients first.”


Fine Gael Private Members’ Motion: Hospital Services in the Mid-West

That Dáil Éireann;

Noting the conclusions of the HSE Teamwork / Howarth Report of Acute Hospital Services in the Mid-West recommended  

that the current staff complement of three A&E consultants in Limerick must be upgraded to eight in order to allow for a Consultant Delivered Service, (which have not been advertised or implemented);


135 additional new acute in-patient beds, (which are not in place);


an increase in the number of ambulances, (which have not been delivered);


a high dependency unit in Limerick Regional Hospital; (for which planning permission has not yet been sought).


the necessary upgrade of the A&E unit in Limerick Regional Hospital, (which has not taken place);


that currently between 15 and 30 people are regularly on trolleys for durations in excess of 24 hours in Limerick Regional Hospital;


that the putative cost in the original draft of the Report was €380million and apparently only €6million is available to implement the changes;


that local GPs in the area have expressed serious concerns about A&E cover and patient safety if this plan goes ahead;


given that the implementation of the HSE Teamwork Report is unlikely to take place in the current economic climateCalls on the Government:



to maintain current A&E services at Ennis and Nenagh Hospitals and


to proceed with the planned upgrade of Ennis and Nenagh Hospitals.