O’Reilly reiterates call for Minister to clarify position regarding centralisation of trauma unit
Sinn Féin Health spokesperson, Louise O’Reilly TD, has reiterated her called for the Minister for Health Simon Harris to clarify his position, and the position of the Government, regarding the possible centralisation of trauma units around the state.
This comes following the publishing of the 'Major Trauma Adult Summary Report 2016'.
Deputy O’Reilly said:
“We are all deeply concerned by the 'Major Trauma Adult Summary Report 2016' which was published by the National Office of Clinical Audit.
“Any failings in how we deal with patients who have been the victim of a trauma injury need to be immediately addressed. We need to ensure that all patients get the right care, in the right place, as quickly as possible.
“However, any plans to centralise trauma units or downgrade units in our acute hospitals are misplaced at this time.
"It would be in the Minister’s interest to assess if it is wise to talk about or put in place plans for downgrading trauma care at our acute hospitals, while we have a crisis of capacity and without any capital plans to address this fact.
“It is important that politicians and the public are briefed on the implications of this report and informed whether the Government will be pushing ahead with the centralisation of trauma care units.
“People are nervous and concerned regarding this trauma report. This concern is born out of the fact that people are essentially in the dark as to what it means for acute hospitals around the country.
“We all want to ensure patients get the best possible specialist care, for whatever their health needs.
"However, in this instance I believe a centralisation of trauma care units at this point in time would mean some parts of the country might get immediate world class care in a specialised trauma care unit, while other more rural areas, particularly in the North West, would have reduced and limited access to care.
“First and foremost at this time, we should be immediately looking at implementing the Sláintecare report on the future of healthcare and rolling out the agreed aspects."