Press Release

Minister Rejects Claims on A&E Figures

The Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney TD, today rejected claims made by Fine Gael on A&E figures.

She said HSE daily statistics show a consistent reduction in the number of patients waiting in A&E in Dublin and in the majority of hospitals outside of Dublin . For example, HSE figures show that today there were 91 people waiting admission campared to 262 for the same day last year. The Minister said the recent INO analysis of A&E services had confirmed significant improvements on this time last year and she is determined to see this progress sustained and expanded this winter.

In the small number of hospitals outside of Dublin where problems still persist specific measures are being implemented by the HSE and investment is continuing in improved capacity for patients.

She said the10 Point A&E Plan had delivered successful results for patients. For example, 841 patients have availed of intermediate care beds thereby reducing the need for them to spend additional time in hospital to complete the final phase of their care.

There has also been a significant investment in long term care beds and the HSE are continuing to acquire more beds from the private sector and within the public sector. In addition almost 3,000 people are benefiting from home care packages which allow them to remain living at home and avoid a hospital stay.

This year, we have seen improved management, supported by resources, delivering progress in A&E services for patients. This year’s Estimates provide the first year funding of €4 million to support the HSE’s Hospital Consultants Incentivisation programme that is now underway. The funds allocated to A&E improvements in previous years are continued forward in the base funding this year.