Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has called on the Minister for Health Simon Harris to clarify his position and the position of the Government regarding the centralisation of trauma units in order to allay any fears which people may have.
Teachta O’Reilly said:
“People are nervous and concerned regarding the news broken by Susan Mitchell in The Sunday Business Post that a report is to go before Cabinet before the end of 2017 calling for the centralisation of trauma care.
“This concern is born out of the fact that people are essentially in the dark. Many people, including politicians, are unaware of the implications of this report for the health service on a macro level and on a micro level.
“The Minister for Health needs to clarify this situation immediately so politicians and the public alike can scrutinise it and assess it overall benefits and any short fallings.
“It would also be in the Minister’s inte
rest to assess if it is wise to talk about or put in place plans for downgrading trauma care at our acute hospitals while we have a crisis of capacity and without any capital plans to address this fact.
“I do not dispute the claims by the Department of Health that they want to ensure that patients get ‘the right care in the right place at the right time’.
“However, we should be immediately looking at implementing the Sláintecare report on the future of healthcare and rolling out the agreed aspects of that instead of downgrading trauma units at local hospitals.
“I will be writing to the Minister asking him to clarify his position and the position of the Government regarding centralisation of trauma units in order to allay any fears which people may have and to also outline when he will be implementing the Sláintecare report.”