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HIQA Tallaght Hospital Report shows need for action on hospital care – Ó Caoláin

17 May, 2012 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Commenting on the HIQA Report on Tallaght Hospital, Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said the report is an indictment of the management and resourcing of hospital services because of the failures of successive governments.

He said:

“This HIQA investigation arose from the death of an elderly patient on a trolley in a corridor in Tallaght Hospital. Our continuing sympathy goes to his family.

“Like other hospitals, Tallaght Hospital provides excellent care to its patients. However, like other hospitals also, the failures of management and resourcing of our health system mean unacceptably long waits and difficulty in access to care for patients. Successive governments have failed to reform our health services to provide equity and efficiency.

“It is shocking that in the period of the HIQA investigation (January to August 2011) they found that some patients were waiting in the emergency department for up to 61 hours before being discharged. It is equally shocking that over 80% of the admitted patients were accommodated on the corridor adjacent to the emergency department and waited, on average, a further 13 hours for an in-patient bed, the longest waiting for 140 hours.

“This is a comprehensive HIQA report and its recommendations will need to be addressed and implemented in detail by Health Minister James Reilly. What is equally certain is that the deficiencies highlighted in the report will not be solved by reorganisation alone. The projected Health budget cuts of €2 billion up to 2014, resulting, for example, in the continuing closure of over 2,400 public hospital beds, can only spell more patient misery of the kind highlighted in this HIQA Report.” ENDS

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