Press Release

Minister for Health welcomes HIQA report on Mallow General Hospital

The Minister for Health Dr James Reilly TD, today (Tuesday, 19th April 2011) welcomed the report of the Health and Information Quality Authority (HIQA) on services at Mallow General Hospital.

The Minister said that the conclusions of the report were a very important contribution to driving further improvement in the quality and safety of acute hospital services. He noted that the report’s findings were relevant not only to Mallow but to the delivery of services in all acute hospitals.

The Minister said: “This report underlines the need for the HSE to recognise the implications in the previous HIQA Ennis report, for all hospitals of a similar size. Both reports deal in particular with the type of services that can safely be provided in smaller hospitals, and with the structures required for good governance and accountability. The HSE must ensure that this happens and I will be monitoring the situation closely in conjunction with HIQA.”

The Minister reiterated his support for expanding the services that could be provided in smaller hospitals. He said: “I am strongly committed to developing the role of smaller hospitals in Ireland so that they play a key part in the services provided to local communities. Local hospitals can and should be a vibrant element of local health services, providing treatment and care at the appropriate level of complexity to the patients in their area. Patients should only have to travel to the larger hospitals for more complex services. HIQA’s report on the situation at Mallow is entirely in keeping with this approach”.

The Minister thanked HIQA for its work in supporting the drive for improved quality and patient safety.