Thursday 18 December 2014

Hospital's clinical director resigns due to his concerns for 'patient safety'

Published 18/05/2014 | 16:29

Beaumont Hospital
Beaumont Hospital

The clinical director of Beaumont Hospital has resigned citing his concerns for patient safety.

Professor Shane O’Neill emailed his resignation to management on Friday.

In his role as clinical director, he was the hospital’s most senior doctor.

The Sunday Business Post reported his resignation this morning.

In a statement, management at the hospital confirmed Mr O’Neill had indicated to them he would step down as Clinical Director for Medicine in an email sent last Friday.

The Sunday Business Post reported Mr O’Neill’s previous correspondence with management, saying assessment of psychiatric patients in their busy accident and emergency department was “entirely unsafe”.

Mr O’Neill was not referring to patients who were admitted for self-harming or taking an overdose, which might require medical or surgical intervention. However, he was referring to patients who were suicidal or suffering a psychiatric episode, such as pyschosis.

In their statement, management at the hospital said a new purpose-built HSE psychiatric facility – the Ashlin Centre – was due to be opened for patients next week.

The statement said plans being discussed with the HSE are underway to have out of hours and weekend assessments for the Ashlin Centre carried out at its emergency department.

It said this would be done with the assistance of “additional resources”.

“Whatever arrangements are put in place will be closely and jointly monitored by the HSE and Beaumont,” it said.

Irish Independent

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