The Need for Transparency Around Health Data

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I wish to comment on reports over the weekend about wide disparities in survival from cardiac events or heart attacks in hospitals across the country. This had a particular resonance for me because in the early years of this particular Seanad, similar specific allegations were made about … Continue reading

Statements on the current state for our health system, to Minister Varadkar

Health Care Reform

[Speaking in the Seanad during ‘Statements on Health Services’ debate] I welcome the Minister. I wish him the best in his efforts to try to reform the health service. The Minister does not need my advice in this regard but I urge him to remain firm and steadfast in respect of the national children’s hospital. … Continue reading

Mental Health Services and Proposed Closure of Ballinasloe Psychiatric Unit

[Speaking in the Seanad during Mental Health Services Provision Motion] I am not an instinctive “save our hospital” type. I understand that, sometimes, hospitals need to be closed and units rationalised. Nor am I anti-Roscommon. It is a matter of public record that I was staunch in my defence of an unfair closure of the … Continue reading

Primary Care Centres

I will not say too much this evening other than that I would share some interest in seeing a little clarification on the decision-making process that was involved in the primary care centres, but I will not be supporting this motion. (Link to Motion: http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=21883&&CatID=63 ). I am not a party member. I was a … Continue reading

Errors in HIPE data and Roscommon Hospital

On a serious issue, the debate about hospital services, local versus central, centres of excellence versus local access, is one that needs to be conducted in a calm and rational fashion. With good heart, honesty and thoughtfulness, people will come to different conclusions. It is something which should be decided, probably not in parliamentary chambers … Continue reading

Roscommon Hospital Misinformation

On a serious issue, the debate about hospital services — local versus central, centres of excellence versus local access — is one that needs to be conducted in a calm and rational fashion. With good heart, honesty and thoughtfulness, people will come to different conclusions. It is something which should be decided, probably not in … Continue reading

Putting reform on the long finger will only cost us more

Reilly’s first 10 months in office have not delivered the radical change he promised. It is hard to imagine a more daunting set of political challenges for a novice minister than those facing Minister for Health Dr James Reilly when he bravely assumed office 10 months ago. With his ministerial seal, Dr Reilly inherited a … Continue reading

Dr Reilly must set the record straight about Roscommon care

Heroic hospital staff deserve truth to be told about standard of cardiac care provided. The episode relating to the Accident and Emergency service in Roscommon Hospital might teach us something about hospital planning policy in our Republic, but it sounds a clarion warning call about much that is wrong in our politics and public governance. … Continue reading

Closure of Roscommon Hospital; Whitfield Clinic in receivership; and Tallaght A&E

I wish to pose a few health-related questions and raise a number of points which I hope the Leader will bring to the attention of the Minister for Health. The first of these relates to the thorny issue of Roscommon hospital. I apologise for sounding like a broken record in respect of this subject. However, … Continue reading

HIQA data and closure of Roscommon Hospital

I did not have an opportunity to consult HIQA on the mortality figures in local hospitals, but the closure of services in Roscommon is a critical issue. I am not an instinctive “save our hospital” type of person because calm, rational and systematic decisions need to be made about the configuration of hospital services. However, … Continue reading