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HSE mismanagement and unaccountability to blame as Medical Assessment Unit is shut down frequently – Munster

2 May, 2017 - by Imelda Munster TD

Louth Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster has called on the Minister for Health Simon Harris to explain why the Medical Assessment Unit at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda is closed on a frequent basis, given that the MAU was opened in the first instance to alleviate the overcrowded Emergency Department.

Deputy Munster said:

“We are stuck in the crazy situation where senior management at the hospital are closing the MAU regularly and sending patients back to the Emergency Department because they say the hospital is very busy. Just recently, the emergency department had to deal with the unprecedented number of 217 patients on one day, while the MAU was closed down by management.

“I contacted the HSE by email four times over four days last week to enquire about the closure of the MAU and they failed to respond. This raises even more questions, including the fact that the HSE are charged with delivery of our public health service and yet they appear to be a law unto themselves and chose to ignore queries from elected public representatives.

“Is it because they do not want the public to know the serious levels of mismanagement within our hospitals? Are they attempting to cover up such gross mismanagement? The Minister needs to hold the HSE to account, as to why they opened a Medical Assessment Unit at Our Lady of Lourdes due to the Emergency Department being so busy, and yet they regularly close it down because it is so busy and so they send patients back to the overcrowded and under staffed ED.

“The Minister also needs to enquire as to who is directly responsible for making the decision not to respond to queries from elected public representatives and the total lack of accountability with the HSE.” 

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