Wednesday 22 November 2017

We must be honest about what our hospitals can do

Money will not solve the challenges facing the facility in Loughlinstown in terms of patient volume and specialist care, says Stephen Donnelly

'SHAME on you, Stephen Donnelly," the man shouted, on Arklow's main street last Friday. The next day, in Bray, a driver stopped his car in the middle of the road to dish out more of the same.

I don't blame them. They were referring to my support for changes to the emergency department at St Colmcille's Hospital in Loughlinstown. They, and the others who had protested outside the hospital earlier that day, were angry. And they were right to be angry.

In an act of extraordinary incompetence, the HSE had effectively announced the downgrading of emergency departments across the country by way of an appendix to a report that had slowly found its way into the media.

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