Save Our Services campaign calls on HSE to “get its act together”

December 22, 2019 by admin

first_imgThe Donegal Save Our Services Executive has called on the HSE “to get its act together” and end to what it cals the continuing bed and staff charade which has now become the main stay of anything to do with the HSE. The group says that with the positive work done by frontline and allied staff under intense pressure to reach targets and double up on duties, the knock on effect is beds are either blocked or empty.“There is not a week goes by were we hear of people can’t get into hospital or can’t get transferred to community hospitals because of what the HSE term is lack of bed capacity. “This is utter nonsense and needs to be challenged as the HSE could implement simple policy changes to address this in a heartbeat but refuse to do so.“Dr.Fergal Hickey of the Irish Hospitals Consultants Association (IHCA) mentioned in their national conference recently in Kilkenny that studies show there are approximately 300 people dying each year due to critical care bed shortages”Minister Simon Harris mentioned in an interview with Fergal Bowers RTE Health correspondent that “he had ordered a bed capacity review. The review will not just look at acute beds but will also examine the number of beds elsewhere, including in the community”The group says they have been asking for this for some time and we welcome this, however any review must focus their attention on beds within the existing hospitals and Community Hospital beds in particular and not the private for profit sector. It adds that the terms of reference for the review should be published to ensure that its focus is aimed in the right areas and cover our geographical region.“The SOS executive ask that it not be a desktop review by someone in Dublin of HSE headquarters and we want those reviewers to actually visit each community hospital in person.“The review needs to take into account the vacant space in Ramelton, Lifford and Stranorlar and the possibilities that could be explored there first. Beds are lying empty and some ward rooms are closed which is shocking especially when you hear that there isn’t enough beds, it just doesn’t make in sense.“The HSE in their wisdom are looking for some 21 managers and senior administrators yet nurses are not being replaced. We have the scenario where staff nurses have retired and not being replaced, placing additional stress on an already overworked nursing system,” said as spokesman.It adds that more are retiring in the coming months and by all accounts won’t be replaced. “The INMO are due to ballot their members soon and may implement a work to rule, yet the HSE can find resources to hire 21 managers so again frontline staff are overlooked. The community hospitals are best placed to address the crisis of beds. WE, the SOS executive, keep saying this and now the minister sees sense and agrees.”The SOS executive are meeting with the HSE management again this October 24th and are asking for them to overturn the decision to close the residential units of our 3 hospitals, give additional resources for frontline staff and to publish their plans for the 3 units.“The Executive feel disappointed by the face to face process to-date and have been let down by assurances which the HSE haven’t followed up on. Depending on what comes of the October we will be reviewing if engagement will be continued as so far the treatment we have received mirrors that of someone who wants a bed, basically being blocked,” added the spokesperson.Save Our Services campaign calls on HSE to “get its act together” was last modified: October 10th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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