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Report shows dysfunction of HSE – Ó Caoláin

31 January, 2011 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said the report by psychiatrist John Hillery on the closure of the acute psychiatric unit in South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel, shows how dysfunctional senior management of the HSE has been.

He said:

“This report shows that HSE management dictated the closure of a 49-bed acute psychiatric unit in a hospital serving a large region and did so without proper communication or consultation with the front-line providers of care. The report exposes dysfunctional HSE management, forcing the implementation of the Government policy of removing services from hospitals and over-centralisation, regardless of the views of care providers and disregarding the impact on health service users in the region.

“Sinn Féin is committed to the retention and development of services at our local hospitals, including Clonmel.

“The HSE is the brain-child of Mícheál Martin when he was Minister for Health. It represented bureaucratic change rather then real reform of the health services. It needs to be replaced.

“We need to restore Ministerial and Departmental responsibility and accountability for health services which are funded by public money. Sinn Féin also supports accountability through establishing Community Health Partnerships within geographically defined areas.” ENDS

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