Fine Gael slammed for hospital plan failure

Fine Gael slammed for hospital plan failure


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Fine Gael have been slammed for what has been described as another “false dawn” and “failed plan” in relation to Ennis General Hospital. 

Shannon Councillor Mike McKee said: “On the issue of primary care. Allowing patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, stroke and asthma, to be treated near or at their homes. The Programme for Government states that funding for primary care centres has been secured.”

“The revelation that Ennis Hospital has yet to see it’s modern, well-equipped operational centre, coupled with the miserly plans for primary care in the HSE Service Plan, are both indicative of another failed Fine Gael plan for Clare. It is evident that this Government are only paying lip service to primary care in our communities,” he said.

“In terms of primary care development teams, there isn’t a single additional staff member provided for, no additional nurses, therapists or physiotherapists.”

Cllr Mike McKee – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

“This Government is great on making announcements, but fail miserably in the follow through. If primary care was seen to be important, then why are they not expediting the opening of the Primary Care Centre at Ennis Hospital?

Why are they not extending capacity by expanding staff and services? With no additional staff, how are we to see reductions in waiting lists? How can we expect to take pressure off the acute hospitals? How can we expect to have a greater range of services in the community if the HSE aren’t hiring or budgeting for them?

“The persistent under-resourcing of primary and community care means people end up in hospital when they should and could be cared for in the community. Fine Gael are failing the people of Clare once more with another failed plan,” Cllr McKee added.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.