Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the climb down by management of the Galway/Roscommon University Hospitals Group on its activity targets for the emergency department at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe.
This will ensure the figures now take into account the impact of the increase in patient numbers following the closure of Roscommon A&E department.
“Last week I disclosed the fact that inadequate provision had been made by the management of the hospital group for the increased pressure being placed on Portiuncula Hospital emergency department,” stated Denis Naughten.
“On foot of this, and a follow up meeting with Bill Maher, CEO, and Tony Canavan, Director of Operations, Galway/Roscommon University Hospitals Group, it has now been confirmed that full consideration of Portiuncula’s new position will be taken into account in terms of resources and the treatment of patients in its emergency department.”
In a written response to the discussions with Denis Naughten, Mr. Canavan said: “I also acknowledge that the target for Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe is conservative. We have experienced a growth in activity in Portiuncula since the closure of the 24 hour ED service in Roscommon. It is difficult to know how much of this growth is directly attributable to the closure of the ED service in Roscommon but it is reasonable to assume that some people who would otherwise have gone to Roscommon will attend Portiuncula in 2012. This is not reflected in the target we have set. The reason for this is that we set the target at the minimum level of activity we expect to occur.
Activity targets for each of our hospitals will be monitored closely each month in order to ensure that we have the right level of resource in place at each location to ensure a safe and effective service for our patients”.
“Having discussed the matter with Mr. Canavan, who as Director of Operations sets the activity targets for each of the hospitals in the group, I am glad that these figures have been revised to reflect the situation on the ground and that he has also clarified inaccurate information provided by the HSE last week,” added Denis Naughten.
“The management team has further committed to update me on a regular basis on the activity levels at the emergency department at Portiuncula, and it is my intention to see services enhanced rather than reduced at a hospital which now has a regional catchment for patients in the midlands and west,” concluded Denis Naughten.