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Leaked trauma report recommendations will wreak havoc with A&Es – O’ Reilly

12 July, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on health, Louise O’ Reilly TD, has said that the recommendations outlined in the leaked report of the Trauma Steering Group will have hugely negative consequences for Emergency Departments in hospitals which have been deemed ‘centres of excellence’.

The report, which recommends that serious as well as moderate trauma patients should travel to these designated hospitals would put extra strain on these hospitals as well as result in the downgrading of hospitals outside of this category.

Speaking during Leaders’ Questions today, Deputy O’ Reilly said:

“It is incredible that members of the Government have managed to avoid much of the commentary and discussion on the report of the Trauma Steering Group.  I will outline what it contains.  In short, it proposes redirecting trauma patients to these supposed centres of excellence.

“However, we have seen all of this previously with the scaling back of services in Nenagh, Ennis and the mid-west, the reduction in services in Roscommon and Tipperary and the concentration of services in Clonmel, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in the north east, St. Vincent's University Hospital and the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick. 

“We do not need a commission report to know that these measures have utterly failed. 

“The recommendations of this report pertain to both serious and moderate trauma.  That is the difference.  Previously, serious traumas were sent to so-called centres of excellence, but now they will receive both serious and moderate traumas. 

“This will mean that the scale of downgrading will be even greater and it will put pressure on hospitals that are already at breaking point.  It means many more people will be affected and there will be more overcrowding and chaos in our already over-worked accident and emergency departments.

“The Minister says he has not seen the report and claims not to have been briefed on it.  That is utterly incredible. Will the Tánaiste ensure that every report that is vital to the business of the Future of Health Care Committee will be laid before it?  Because we are reading about this in the press, we do not know how many reports are possibly out there that will inform the work of this vital committee.”

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