Tuesday 24 January 2017

I fear findings will fall on deaf ears - like many recommendations in the past

Michael Boylan

Published 09/05/2015 | 02:30

'Responsibility' and 'accountability' are two words that don’t always sit easy with the HSE.
'Responsibility' and 'accountability' are two words that don’t always sit easy with the HSE.

The Hiqa investigation team has clearly carried out a thorough and devastating review of the performance of the HSE and local management of the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise over the last number of years and the findings cannot make easy reading for those who are responsible for the management of the hospital.

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The report highlights a dysfunctional hospital lacking amongst other things effective corporate accountability, effective clinical governance in the Emergency Department and effective risk management structures to deal with adverse patient events or complaints. The investigation team gathered evidence which showed that up until late 2014, patient safety issues were not even a standing agenda item for discussion at the highest level of management within the HSE.

Such was the disregard for patient safety that the team could find no evidence that any senior HSE managers visited the hospital in the immediate aftermath of the RTÉ 'Prime Time' broadcast in early 2014.

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