Press Release

Upgrading of On-Call Hospital Accommodation

The Minister for Health and Children Mr Micheál Martin TD today 6 April 2001 announced an upgrading and refurbishing of hospital on-call accommodation. The Minister said he was “anxious to deal with the accommodation problems faced by doctors and other staff who have to be on-call in hospitals and who provide such an essential service”.

Some of the problems faced by staff who use on-call hospital accommodation range from the need for refurbishment work to replacement of furniture and fittings, to the need to brighten up and modernise the facilities.

Work has already or is about to commence at the following locations:

  • Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan
  • Cavan General Hospital
  • Bantry General Hospital
  • Cork University Hospital
  • South Infirmary Victoria Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Letterkenny General Hospital
  • Sligo General Hospital
  • Roscommon Hospital
  • St Joseph’s Hospital, Clonmel
  • Ennis General Hospital
  • Limerick Regional Hospital
  • St Joseph’s Hospital, Nenagh
  • Longford/Westmeath Hospital
  • St Loman’s Hospital, Mullingar
  • Portlaoise General Hospital
  • St James’s Hospital, Dublin
  • Cappagh Orthopaedic Hospital
  • National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street
  • Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin
  • St Mary’s Hospital, Phoenix Park
  • Mater Hospital

Other hospitals in the Dublin area will be looked at in the near future. It is also intended to review the level of accommodation in the remaining health board hospitals and to implement any necessary improvements on a phased basis.

The Minister went on to say that he “was committed to providing a decent and comfortable standard of accommodation for on-call staff”. The Minister pointed to the new £29 million development at Mayo General Hospital which includes purpose built ensuite on-call accommodation which will be available from August this year.

The Minister was conscious of the fact that among the concerns raised by on-call staff was that of security. Hospitals and health boards are addressing these issues. Improvements such as increased lighting, surveillance cameras and escorting on-call staff at night are among the features which hospitals are implementing in order to improve security for staff.

The Minister concluded by saying that “measures to address the various issues are ongoing and it is intended that problems in the system will be dealt with. This programme of improvements which will cost approximately £1.1m in 2001, is further evidence of our commitment to the implementation of the agreement for Non Consultant Hospital Doctors” the Minister added.