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Government must radically revise hospital plans in North East in light of OECD report – Ó Caoláin

30 April, 2008


Sinn Féin Dáil Leader and Spokesperson on Health and Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, speaking in the Dáil today, called on the Government and the HSE to radically revise its approach to hospital provision in the North East in light of OECD report.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "The OECD report has huge implications for Government and HSE policy for planning of acute hospital provision in this State.

"The report makes clear that in the North East region the HSE has based its plan for downgrading of hospitals and the centralisation of services in two and ultimately one hospital on a population-to-hospital ratio presented by the College of Surgeons in England. They failed to give proper consideration to other international models of hospital provision.

"The English model says that the catchment population size for a general hospital is 450,000 to 500,000. But as the OECD points out, other countries such as France and Germany provide general hospitals of 500 beds for much smaller catchment sizes - 150,000.

"In light of this the Government and the HSE must radically revise its approach accordingly." ENDS

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