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Hayes Report on Tallaght Hospital must be fully implemented – Crowe

4 November, 2010

Sinn Féin Councillor Seán Crowe has called for the full implementation of the Hayes Report on the delays in processing x-rays and GP referral letters in Tallaght Hospital.

Councillor Crowe welcomed the report today but said the threatened €1 billion cuts to the HSE budget will lead to more problems at the hospital.

Councillor Crowe said:

“I welcome the Hayes Report on Tallaght Hospital and call for its full implementation. Tallaght is a fine hospital and its staff and patients deserve full support.

“I warned more than two years ago that there was a shortage of radiologists at Tallaght but my calls fell on deaf ears. Then at the time of the crisis the Department of Health had the nerve to say that they were unaware of a problem.

“The report vindicates the problems I raised at the time. It shows that there were staffing shortages in the radiology department and delays by the HSE in approving essential posts. Proper systems were not in place to manage GP referrals and patients faced undue delays, on top of the general waiting list faced by all patients.

“Worryingly, it has been reported that 7million x-rays were audited in preparation for this report indicating that this problem may not have been confined to Tallaght Hosptial.

“While the issues at Tallaght are being addressed the Fianna Fáil/Green Government’s threatened €1 billion cuts to the HSE in the 2011 Budget will lead to similar situations here and elsewhere.

“Administration and filing may be more efficient but, with inadequate staff numbers to follow up on x-rays and GP referrals, patients will experience ever longer waiting lists for treatment.” ENDS

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