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HSE must immediately clarify contingency arrangements for transplant patients - O'Reilly

5 February, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, Louise O'Reilly TD has said that a recent report by the Chief Executive to the Board of Directors of Crumlin Children's Hospital is "very worrying" and has called on the HSE to immediately clarify what contingency arrangements are in place for the transport of transplant patients.

Louise O'Reilly said:

"The most recent report by the Chief Executive to the Board of Directors of Crumlin Children's Hospital refers to the unsustainable situation regarding transport for patients awaiting heart and liver transplants.  This report says

'Based on the information provided by the NACC, and OLCHC’s belief that the paediatric heart and liver transplant programmes are unsustainable'

This is very worrying and the HSE need to outline in detail what contingency arrangements are in place for children who are priority 1 on the transplant list.  These desperately ill children and their families need clarity from the HSE about what arrangements are in place.

The report (dated 25/01/2017) also refers to the need to contact HIQA - this was not done and the HSE need to confirm why this contact was not made.

It is clear from the report that the Minister is aware of the situation and yet the uncertainty is set to continue until at least May 2017.  We are calling for the HSE to immediately clarify what contingency arrangements are in place.

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