Issues at new satellite Children’s Hospital disappointing but not surprising – Donnelly

Published on: 26 July 2019

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, has said the quality and safety issues with opening the new national children’s hospital urgent care satellite centre at Connolly Hospital are hugely disappointing but should come as no surprise to the HSE and Department of Health.

Deputy Donnelly said they are presiding over a health system which is plagued by a recruitment and retention crisis and that they must ensure the hospital is safe and fit to cater for its patients before it opens.

He explained, “Nearly 30 paediatric consultants have put pen to paper and outlined their concerns to Children’s Hospital Ireland (CHI). Among their concerns is that they have not had access to a full risk assessment which was carried out by Dr David Vaughan and submitted to the CHI board.

“The consultants have been provided with a so-called risk matrix which is a small part of Dr Vaughan’s detailed report.  Even the smaller risk matrix warns that there are serious concerns in 12 out of 15 areas at the facility.

“By its very nature the treatment supplied at the urgent care facility centres on blood work and x-rays. However, as a result of staffing levels those services may not be fully operational.

“It is essential that all identified risks are dealt with before the urgent care centre opens. And it is equally important that government starts taking the steps necessary to bring our health professionals home,” concluded Deputy Donnelly.

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