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Health Concerns in Hospitals


Almost every national or local paper you pick up in Ireland has something to say about cutbacks, staffing, budget overruns, wards closing etc.

If this continues hospitals are more likely to become places of risk rather than a place where the ill or injured are treated.

Beware you local hospital may kill you.

Here are just a few examples

Donegal Daily:

LETTERKENNY General Hospital is the worst funded hospital in the State, receiving the least amount of cash per patient.

And staffing levels per patient are also the worst, figures obtained by Sinn Fein TDs Pádraig MacLochlainn and Pearse Doherty show.

The TDs released the figures to Donegal Daily – confirming a report on this site more than nine months ago.

Dublin hospitals get twice as much cash.

Roscommon Herald

THERE ARE growing concerns over staffing levels at Roscommon County Hospital where numbers remain below the employment ceiling, the Herald can reveal.

Local sources have this week raised concern over staffing levels at the hospital, which remain below the permitted ceiling of 285 whole time equivalent (WTE) staff, according to the latest figures available.

New figures show that staff levels were 2.5 percent below the WTE ceiling in the month of June, when there were 279.73 staff at the hospital.

The concerns come as it also emerges that the county hospital had the highest absenteeism levels in the Galway/Roscommon Hospital Group and that agency and overtime costs had been dramatically cut over the past year.

Figures for June showed that absenteeism levels exceeded seven percent at the county hospital. This compared to four percent at Galway University and Portiuncula hospitals.

A further breakdown of the figures showed that absenteeism rates at the county hospital were highest among other patient and client care staff (12.5%), management and admin staff (9.9%) and nursing staff (9.5%).

Wexford Echo

A public protest against the closure of an operating theatre at Wexford General Hospital  will be held outside the hospital on Saturday afternoon.

Cllr. Anthony Kelly of Sinn Fein is calling on Wexford’s Oireachtas members to immediately come out and call for this decision to be reversed.

“I’m calling on the people of County Wexford, irrespective of their political beliefs, to come out and support this event,” said Cllr. Kelly, who added, “The buck clearly stops with the Minister for Health.”

RTE NEWS

The hospital was over budget by over €10m in July.

It said it sought a letter of support from the Health Service Executive for the overdraft from AIB.

In a statement tonight, the hospital said it was managing its finances prudently and had made savings of 6% in its budget this year, despite a 5% increase in in-patient care.

Tallaght is one of around five major hospitals that are heavily over budget and last year it was over budget by over €14m.

The Government has said there will be no supplementary health budget to assist health overruns.

The HSE said tonight that under Service Level Agreements (SLAs) these hospitals are permitted to seek an overdraft up to 7% of their budget for the final quarter of the year.

Other hospitals that have exceeded their budgets are Beaumont, Limerick Regional, Galway University Hospital and Cork University Hospital.

Tallaght Hospital secures €12m overdraft from AIB – RTÉ News


Talllaght Hospital was over budget by over €10m in July

The hospital was over budget by over €10m in July.

It said it sought a letter of support from the Health Service Executive for the overdraft from AIB.

In a statement tonight, the hospital said it was managing its finances prudently and had made savings of 6% in its budget this year, despite a 5% increase in in-patient care.

Tallaght is one of around five major hospitals that are heavily over budget and last year it was over budget by over €14m.

The Government has said there will be no supplementary health budget to assist health overruns.

The HSE said tonight that under Service Level Agreements (SLAs) these hospitals are permitted to seek an overdraft up to 7% of their budget for the final quarter of the year.

Other hospitals that have exceeded their budgets are Beaumont, Limerick Regional, Galway University Hospital and Cork University Hospital.

via Tallaght Hospital secures €12m overdraft from AIB – RTÉ News.

via Tallaght Hospital secures €12m overdraft from AIB – RTÉ News.

Hospital is €3.3m over budget – Tullamore


Fears are growing that services could be cut at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore as it emerged that the hospital was over budget to the tune of €3.3m to the end of July.

The latest performance report from the HSE revealed that the budget for the hospital for the first seven months of the year was €46,072,000, but the actual spend at the hospital until the end of July was €49,374,000, a budget overspend of €3,302,000 or 7.2%.

Cllr Tommy McKeigue, who is a member of the HSE regional forum, said while there is generally an overspend in the first half of the year, it will be very hard to claw back €3m by the end of the year.

He said he hopes there won’t be any cuts in orthopedics as people waiting on hip replacements can be in a lot of pain.

He added that there are already long waiting lists for the removal of tonsils and he would like to see resources invested in these areas. Cllr McKeigue said some elective surgery could be curtailed but next year they would need to be selective in where money is going to.

“Under the new scheme the more operations they’re doing, the more they’ll be paid,” he said.

via Hospital is €3.3m over budget – News – Roundup – Articles – Offaly Independent.

via Hospital is €3.3m over budget – News – Roundup – Articles – Offaly Independent.

How well the Hospital Consultants Live


Figures show more than 1,800 consultants shared €386m in fees for treating privately insured hospital patients in the year to the end of June.

It averages out at more than €214,000 per consultant.

The sum does not include what consultants receive for treating patients admitted to hospital and does not cover the fees for outpatient clinics and private rooms. Factor these figures in and you will add several million to the bill.

The bulk of the consultants are also on public salaries averaging around €150,000. The majority of these consultants work in public hospitals. Their contracts allow them to treat private patients.

Health Minister Dr James Reilly disclosed the level of payments in a parliamentary reply to People before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett.

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Therefore, we have a situation whereby private patients receive treatment in public hospitals using state equipment. Perhaps as a means of raising money, the health minister should consider leasing this equipment to the consultants.

Three – year wait to see consultant- Croom Orthopaedic Hospital,


ALMOST 6,000 patients have been on a waiting list for more than three years to see a consultant at Croom Orthopaedic Hospital, new figures have revealed.  Meanwhile, the Midwest Regional Hospital has the third highest rate of staff absenteeism in the country. Mary Fogarty, Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, said that the “work environment at the Regional is not conducive to people who are not at the tip top of their health.  “Work pressures  make it difficult for someone deciding if they are well enough to be in work or to return,” she told the Limerick Post.

Upwards of 5,600 have waited more than three years just to see a consultant for an outpatient appointment at Croom.

The figures come from the HSE’s performance monitoring report, and they also show that the  Regional Hospital has an annual absenteeism rate of 6.78%, with its sister hospital in Ennis, at 7.39%.

Hospitals in Munster were €40 million over budget half way through the year.

Staff sick time at the Regional Maternity was also running relatively high at 6.63%.

By contrast, staff absences at Croom Orthopaedic are just 2.05%, and at St John’s  2.31%.

There was no figure provided for what overspend the Midwest Regional hospital carried into 2012, but after the deadline for sending out bills in June, there was still €12.88 million owed.

Limerick Maternity has to collect €1.48 million in unpaid bills, St John’s has €2.38 million in outstanding fees and in Croom, €1.45 million remains unpaid.

The audit shows that the acute hospital in Dooradoyle had its budget cut by €14.87 million in 2012, and by June, had overspent on its current budget by €11.91 million.

Over 500 beds were closed there half way through this year, including four intensive care and six children’s beds. Croom’s overspend to July was €548,000 and their budget was cut last year by €740,000.

The Maternity Hospital had spent €2.25 million more than it should have by June, against a budget cutback in 2012 of €2.06 million .

St John’s had its budget cut by €1.78 million this year, and it had overspent by €1.52 million up to June.

The Croom waiting figures are the higher of the hospitals in Limerick with the Midwest Regional in Dooradoyle having 74 people waiting more than a year for an outpatient appointment.

St John’s has 76 patients waiting more than a year for similar appointments.

via Three – year wait to see consultant.

via Three – year wait to see consultant.

Consultants, agree new work practices – UPDATE


Agreement has been reached between health service management and hospital consultants on new work practices and flexibilities.

The Government believes the measures agreed after marathon overnight talks at the Labour Relations Commission could generate up to €200 million in savings for the health service.

The Government has also decided to press ahead with the introduction of a new grade of hospital consultant, despite the objections of medical organisations. It is understood salary scales for the new consultant post will be 30 per cent lower that the rates paid to those in existing consultant posts.

The salary scale will be between €116,000 and €121,000, said� the HSE‘s national director of industrial relations Barry O’Brien.

At present, hospital consultants’ salaries range from €147,000 to about €200,000.

via Consultants, health service agree new work practices – The Irish Times – Mon, Sep 17, 2012.

via Consultants, health service agree new work practices – The Irish Times – Mon, Sep 17, 2012.

New €24m hospital extension to open in Letterkenny today under cloud of controversy – National News – Independent.ie


HOSPITAL managers showed off the country’s only newest medical facility, and defended the closure of a gynaecology ward to free up nurses to staff it.

The new medical block and emergency department at Letterkenny General Hospital cost more than €24M to complete.

When it is finally opened to patients today it will end a nine-year saga, having first been announced by then Health Minister Micheal Martin in July 2003. Work stopped on the project two years ago when builders McNamaras went into liquidation.

Now the celebrations surrounding the state-of-the-art facility have been overshadowed by a local campaign against the closure of the hospital’s gynae ward. Eleven staff there are being redeployed to facilitate the new emergency department and additional 72-bed unit.

via New €24m hospital extension to open in Letterkenny today under cloud of controversy – National News – Independent.ie.

via New €24m hospital extension to open in Letterkenny today under cloud of controversy – National News – Independent.ie.

‘It’s an outrage, it’s wrong and there’s no medical reason for it’ –


IT’S AN absolute outrage. It’s wrong and there’s no medical reason for it,’ said Cllr. Tómas Sharkey of the HSE cuts announced this week which will see 24 beds close at the Louth County Hospital along with a reduction in agency staff working there.

The Sinn Fein councillor, who is a member of the Save Our Services campaign, said the committee will support whatever action the unions in the hospital take. ‘If the unions in the hospital are going out on the streets, the people of Dundalk will be out with them.’

He feared that the cuts, which will leave just 18 beds in the hospital, spells the end of in-patient services in the Dundalk hospital.

‘It’s an outrage, it’s wrong and there’s no medical reason for it’ – News – Argus.ie.

via ‘It’s an outrage, it’s wrong and there’s no medical reason for it’ – News – Argus.ie.

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