Clare Government TD Call For Ministers To ‘Step Up To The Plate’ On Midwest Health Services

University Hospital Limerick emergency department

A Clare Government TD is calling for Ministers to ‘step up to the plate’ and look at facilitating upgrades to health services across the Midwest region.

Elected representatives from this county have been giving their reaction to HIQA’s report on UHL.

Inspectors who presented at the ED in Dooradoyle back in March noted they weren’t assured management arrangements were in place to support the delivery of a safe and high quality service, along with managing significant demand.

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The nature of the report has prompted calls in some quarters for senior members of management within the UL Hospitals Group to consider their positions.

However, one Clare-based member of the Oireachtas Health Committee says the Government too needs to back significant capital projects to ease capacity concerns at UHL.

Meelick-based Fianna Fail Deputy Cathal Crowe says the prospect of upgrading Ennis General Hospital needs to be brought back to the table, though admits concerns need to be addressed about hospital management.

Another member of the Health Committee from this county wants the UL Hospitals Group to answer questions on the report publicly.

HIQA’s report claimed hospital management had made ‘inadequate efforts’ to address the issue of overcrowding in the emergency department, compromising patient confidentiality and safety in the process.

Ennistymon-based Senator Martin Conway, who’s his party’s Seanad spokesperson on health, insists clarity is needed on what is being asked of Government to address the problem.

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