Quality & Patient Safety

Ireland: Small hospitals to be reviewed after poor report

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, April 14, 2009

After Ennis General Hospital received a poor report about their quality and patient safety services by Ireland’s Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), other small-sized hospitals are being recommended for review, according to the Irish Times. The Health Services Executive (HSE) was urged by HIQA to review other small-sized hospitals and emergency care services similar to those at Ennis, and recommends that smaller hospitals only handle minor injuries.

According to the Irish Times, Minister for Health Mary Harney welcomes the report because it "underlines the need for significant change in the way acute hospital services are organized in order to ensure a safe and high quality service for patients."

Labour Party health spokeswoman Jan O'Sullivan said some people fear that the report will be used to justify HSE plans to downgrade smaller hospitals and centralize most acute services, according to the Irish Times.

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