Press Release

Minister for Health and Children welcomes the HIQA Report on Ennis Hospital

The Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney TD, today (Thursday, 9th April 2009) strongly welcomed the report of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) on services at Ennis Hospital.

The Minister said: “This report is very important as it underlines the need for significant change in the way acute hospital services are organised in order to ensure a safe and high quality service for patients. The acute hospital reconfiguration plans currently being implemented by the HSE in the Mid West Region are very much in line with the analysis and recommendations developed independently in this report.”

The Minister noted the HIQA report concludes that simply putting more resources into Ennis will not make the hospital safer. The report points out that: “the provision of more staff and resources at MWRH Ennis will not address the fundamental issue of professional teams maintaining their clinical skills and expertise in the area of surgery, critical care, emergency care, children’s and maternity services. This is dependent on sufficient numbers of patients attending MWRH Ennis with certain conditions”.

The Minister added “I have asked the HSE to give careful consideration to the report’s conclusions and recommendations, not only in relation to Ennis, but to the delivery of acute hospital services generally.”

The Minister paid tribute to HIQA and in particular the investigation team, chaired by Ms Diane Whittingham, for its work in preparing this report.