The UL Hospitals Group insists there are no plans in place to scale back services at the Medical Assessment Unit in Ennis.
The MAU was the first in the country to open seven days a week, but it had been feared that a review of the facility at Ennis General would see it cut to five days.
Senior Management with the UL Hospitals Group visited Ennis General Hospital last Friday where they met with physicians to discuss the Medical Assessment Unit.
Hospital Management confirmed that a review of the facility is underway – and in the Dáil, Dr. Michael Harty claimed a decision had been made to cut it to five days when he questioned Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
This led to calls for confirmation that it would remain a week-round service.
Both of Clare’s Fine Gael TDs say they received reassurance from the CEO of the UL Hospitals Group Colette Cowan and Health Minister Simon Harris that the service will be maintained.
Professor Paul Burke, Chief Clinical Director at the UL Hospitals Group was on Morning Focus to address the scale backs today. (15/02/18):