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Friday 29 August 2014

Three consultants wrote to HSE complaining of 'dangerous conditions' at hospital

Allison Bray

Published 03/04/2014 | 18:23

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Three consultants from Roscommon County Hospital wrote to the HSE complaining of "dangerous conditions" that existed there six months before the A&E department closed, the Irish Medical Council heard today.

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Geriatrician and general medicine consultant Dr Gerry O'Mara was one of the three consultants who wrote to the HSE's medical directorate in January, 2011 to say they could no longer "stand over the service" at the hospital due to severe staff shortages and under-resourcing before the A&E department was closed by the HSE in July, 2011.

He said a severe shortage of junior doctors, coupled with a massive intake of A&E patients for the size of the hospital, led to "extremely dangerous"conditions for both patients and staff.

He made the comments at a Fitness to Practise Hearing of the Medical Council this afternoon that is hearing the case of Dr Sardar Ali, a respiratory consultant working there in 2011.

Dr Ali is facing four allegations of poor professional performance concerning his treatment of Roy Eyre, (77), who died at the hospital on April 6, 2011 after being admitted there on March 14, 2011 following complaints of breathlessness.

Dr O'Mara told the council that "a lot of mistakes were being made" at the hospital at the time Mr Eyre was a patient there.

Dr Ali denies the allegations.

The hearing has been adjourned until April 11.

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