Framework to secure the future of Ennis General Hospital – BREEN

May 14th, 2013 - Pat Breen

Commenting on the Re-organisation of the Mid-West Hospitals Group and the Publication of the framework Document “Securing the Future of Smaller Hospitals”, which has been announced yesterday by the Minister for Health Dr James Reilly T.D, Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen said today (Wednesday) that “these developments mark a new era for the provision of services at Ennis General Hospital.

“This is the biggest reorganisation of our Hospitals in the history of the State with Ennis General Hospital now part of the Mid-West Group comprising the MWRH Limerick, MWR Maternity, MWR Orthopaedic Croom, St John’s and Nenagh. I am confident that these changes will ensure that more patients will now be treated at Ennis General Hospital

The reorganisation of our hospitals is a key part of this Governments reform plan, ‘Future Health’. And as part of that reform significant progress has already been achieved at Ennis General Hospital. The number of people on trolleys in Ennis has fallen by 46% since this Government came into office, despite the challenging economic circumstances. By the end of last year waiting lists for over 9 months for in patients had been eliminated in Ennis and by the end of this year no one should be waiting for treatment for more than 8 months.

Investments have been made in a New Endoscopy Suite and in a new state of the art 50-bed wing at the Hospital and this reorganisation will ensure that the volume of activity at the Hospital will be further increased. More day surgery procedures will be carried out; ambulatory care including chronic disease management and assessment for older people will be provided and endoscopy services will be expanded further particularly given that the Hospital was recently designated as a Centre for Colorectal Screening

In stark contrast to the previous Administration failure to put a plan in place when they removed 24 Hour A&E Services from the Hospital and transferred those services to Limerick Regional Hospital; this Government has a plan which secures the future of the Hospital.

The vast majority of patients currently attending the hospital will continue to receive treatment in the Local Injury Unit, the Medical Assessment Unit or by direct admission to the medical ward.
The creation of the new Midwest Group copper fastens the future of Ennis General Hospital providing it with the support that it needs thereby ensuring that it has the support it needs to treat more patients to the highest possible standards in Ennis into the future.

The nest steps will see work on the roll-out of this framework commence which will be overseen by a National Strategic Advisory Group and driven by the HSE.

The changes which are planned are taking place in order to reorganise the hospital’s services to deliver the best care for Clare’s patients. These patients will now receive the right care in the right place from the right person and the new integrated structure will deliver increased annual activity in Ennis thereby securing the future of the Hospital.”