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INO Welcomes HIQA Report On Services Provided In The Mid-West Regional Hospital, Ennis, Co Clare. 09/04/09

PRESS RELEASE, Thursday, 9th April 2009


The Irish Nurses Organisation (INO) welcomes the publication, today (Thursday, 9th April 2009), of the report into the investigation, by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) into the provision of services in the Mid-West Regional Hospital, Ennis.

The findings of the report, both in terms of their regional and national implications, fully endorse the long-standing approach, of the Irish Nurses Organisation, that standards of patient care, must always be the determining priority and that the reconfiguration of acute services can only take place when the receiving hospital is adequately staffed, equipped and resourced.

In this context the INO particularly welcomes the recommendations, in today’s report, which prioritised the following:

  1. the need for patient safety to be the core determinant of how, where and when services are delivered to patients;
  2. the need for greatly improved communication, with local communities and staff, prior to the reconfiguration of services to ensure full understanding of, and co-operation with, any changes in the mode of delivery and locations of services;
  3. the need to ensure that the receiving hospital, for any reconfigured services, is adequately equipped, resourced and staffed to accept the additional workloads and to ensure that standards of patient care are improved and enhanced as a result of such reconfiguration; and
  4. that the central findings of the report, with regard to standards of care, communication and resources, are equally applicable to other areas of the country where acute hospital services are being reviewed and reconfigured.

The INO will now look for an early meeting with the HSE, in the Mid-West Region, to discuss how all of the report’s very important recommendations are implemented in the manner envisaged and in the shortest possible time frame.

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