HIQA report to spell the deathnell for services at Ennis General Hospital – BREEN.

April 16th, 2009 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs & Clare T.D. Pat Breen attended today’s HIQA Press Conference in Dublin to listen to the Investigation Team deliver their findings and recommendations into the services provided by the HSE at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Ennis.

Commenting on the report Deputy Breen said “I am very disappointed that no one is been held to account and that the families of the patients whose cases of cancer misdiagnosis led to this enquiry have received no answers.”

“Instead what we have is a report which endorses the policy and objectives of both the HSE and the Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney namely the implementation of the Teamwork Report and the further downgrading of services at Ennis General Hospital.”

“In the same week as the doors of the Accident and Emergency Department at Ennis General Hospital were locked after 8.00 p.m. we have this report which claims that the current “24 hour emergency care is unsustainable and should be discontinued” and which is recommending that we should only have a day-time minor injury led service.”

“My fear is that the HSE will now use this report to further downgrade the hospital and put in place a Nurse led injury clinic.”

“When I raised the question of financial resources with the Team at today’s Press Conference I was told that is now up to the HSE and that the resources must be available”.

“The buck stops with the Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney T.D. and this Government who has made many promises to develop the Hospital in successive elections and starved the Hospital of essential resources down through the years.”

“Today’s report is just Hanley and Teamwork by another name and it is a sad day for the dedicated staff at Ennis General Hospital and the people of County Clare.”