Surgery cut over financial pressure
HEALTH Minister Mary Harney yesterday said "financial pressure points" had resulted in the decision to cease elective surgery at Navan Hospital.
Ms Harney said the hospital would have to live within its budget as the State could not provide extra resources. She said the decision had been taken for patient safety reasons.
The minister also insisted there could be no breach of project agreements or competition law with any promoters involved in hospital co-location.
Ms Harney was replying to Labour TD Jan O'Sullivan, who said it was understood the Beacon Medical Group had submitted a proposal for a contract amendment. This would allow them to have a way-out clause so the risk to the private company would be less than originally agreed.
Just €10m raised in hospital sales
MENTAL Health Minister John Moloney yesterday admitted that just €10m has been raised from the sale of old mental hospitals because of the economic downturn.
Mr Moloney said it had been envisaged that funds of more than €50m could be provided this year.
He said much of the anticipated windfall had been dependent on local authorities having the funds.
1,059 finally seen in special clinics
TALLAGHT Hospital has been forced to schedule medical appointments for 1,059 patients whose GP referral letters were never processed.
Health Minister Mary Harney yesterday revealed special clinics had been set up to provide the patients with orthopedic and physiotherapy treatment. Between 2002 and 2008, 2,328 GP referral letters were left unopened -- however, Ms Harney said 1,269 of these did not require further examination.
The comments come in the wake of concern surrounding the administration blunder earlier this year.