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Norton says HSE should ‘admit its failings’

Independent General Election candidate Ann Norton says the HSE should “admit its failings” over its decision to downgrade Ennis and Nenagh General Hospitals in light of its apology over the weekend in relation to overcrowding problems at University Hospital Limerick. Councillor Norton was speaking ahead of an RTE Prime Time Investigates programme on the overcrowding crisis in Irish hospitals, which airs at 9.30pm tonight (Monday). The long time campaigner for better health services said that the “hellish” overcrowding crisis at UHL can only be resolved through a breakdown of the “top heavy” management structure within the HSE as well as the upgrading of Ennis and Nenagh Hospitals to ‘model three’ facilities. “The high patient fatality rates and overcrowding problems are simply down to the poor management of our health services by a Health Service Executive that places greater value on maintaining a top-heavy management structure than the welfare

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UL Hospitals extends visiting times

UL Hospitals is extending its general evening visiting times from October 12 next in response to patient feedback. In University Hospital Limerick (UHL), Ennis Hospital, Nenagh Hospital and Croom Hospital general evening visiting times will now be from 6pm to 9pm instead of 6.30pm to 8.30pm, an extension of one hour. General daytime visiting hours will remain as before, from 2pm to 4pm. UL Hospitals encourages the presence and participation of visitors as family and friends provide important emotional support to patients and are invaluable as members of the care team. To help further understand patients’ needs, UL Hospitals carried out a comprehensive survey. Results of the survey revealed that patients wanted extended visiting hours to make the hospital more accessible to their family and friends in the evening. Speaking about the extended visiting times, UL Hospitals Chief Operations Officer Noreen Spillane said, “Our patients have told us that visiting times with friends & family is the most important part …

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‘Explosive’ revelations on work practices

“Explosive” revelations about the work practices of consultants in the Mid-West’s acute hospitals have prompted calls for an independent public inquiry into the running of theatre facilities. A report prepared by healthcare consultants, Meridian Productivity Limited, in 2013 revealed late starts by consultants in all hospitals in the UL Hospitals’ Group was a regular feature that was going “unchallenged” in the majority of cases. It outlined there was no clear definition or means of reporting utilisation of theatres,  excessive theatre overruns in Dooradoyle and last minute communication of theatre list content. It stated there was “poor theatre start and end punctuality” and a transfer of only a “very small amount of procedures” from UHL to Ennis and Nenagh hospitals, which is contrary to commitments given when 24-hour emergency services were removed from those hospitals in April 2009. UL Hospitals’ Group has welcomed the recommendations made in the report, which it said has helped to improve efficiencies in theatres and insists …

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