Press Release

Minister Harney announces Independent Review of Services at Ennis General Hospital

The Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney T.D., announced today (24 September 2008) that following consultation with the Health Information and Quality Authority and the Health Service Executive arising from the sad deaths of Ms. Anne Moriarty and Ms. Edel Kelly, she has asked HIQA to carry out an independent review of services at Ennis General Hospital.

The Minister has asked HIQA to examine the operation of services at Ennis General Hospital, including issues relating to the diagnosis and treatment of patients and the approach to communications within the hospital. The exact terms of reference will be finalised shortly, and the Minister has asked that the review be completed within three months.

The Minister said “We must learn from the tragic experiences of Anne Moriarty and Edel Kelly. I am confident that HIQA’s report will help us ensure that our services meet the standards which all our patients are entitled to expect.”

The Minister has been briefed on the arrangements being put in place by the HSE for patients who attended hospital breast clinics in the past two years and who did not have a diagnosis of cancer, but who have concerns in light of recent events. The HSE is putting in place a specific referral process for these patients and has advised any patients with concerns to contact their general practitioner. The Minister welcomed the fact that while there is every reason to believe that the vast majority of women have received the correct and appropriate assessment, the HSE is offering patients the option of a specialised re-referral service following discussion with their GP.