Gerry Adams TD raises CUH referrals system in the Dáil
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking in the Dáil this afternoon has raised the issue of Hollyhill Doctor, Neil Flynn being informed that patients referred to the MRI Unit by a GP would not be accepted or receive an appointment
Teachta Adams said:
“The MRI Unit in Cork University Hospital recently sent letters to Dr. Nick Flynn, a GP in Hollyhill, detailing the patient referral system operating at the Unit.
“The letters say that patients referred to the unit by a GP will not receive an appointment and that referrals have to be made by a consultant in order to obtain a scan.
“However, the letters go on to state that GP referrals would be accepted in instances where the patient was “willing to self-pay” or had health insurance. Wealth, not health is the decisive factor.
“Medical card patients are to be left to the mercy of a HSE waiting list for a consultant’s referral, which in some cases the waiting time is two years long, unless you go private and pay.
“I am calling on the Taoiseach to instruct the Minister for Health to investigate this downright offensive act of medical discrimination where vulnerable patients are not given their scans or referrals as they need them.”