Minister Killeen Critical Of H.S.E. For Not Holding Discussion Prior To Mammography Decision

From: Dunphy Public Relations
Published: Wed Jul 04 2007

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources Tony Killeen T.D., has expressed concern over the HSE's decision not to re-commission mammography services at Ennis General Hospital in County Clare.

The Clare T.D. also said he would be meeting with senior HSE officials and the Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney T.D. over why this week's decision was not preceded by discussion with public representatives and the West Regional Health Forum.

According to Minister Killeen, "The development of mammography services in the mid-west is a fundamental element of the restructuring and continued improvement of health services in the Region. Therefore, I am very disappointed with the HSE’s move not to consult with public representatives and the HSE West Forum before announcing its decision to concentrate all mammography services at the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick."

The Minister has also expressed concern over the manner in which the HSE announced its decision this week.

"The announcement of this decision by press release hardly takes account of the wishes of the general public", he explained.

The Minister continued, "I would have thought that a level of information would have been available to the public prior to any decision being announced. This announcement also appears to be happening very conveniently at a time when the service is out of commission and based elsewhere. I would like to see the HSE lay the cards openly and fairly on the table so that the issue can be fully examined, and those affected can view all relevant information relating to the delivery of mammography services in the mid-west."

Minister Killeen said he was prepared to argue the case for retention of such services at acute hospitals rather than centralising services.

"I am concerned about the loss of breast screening services at Ennis General Hospital and the impact it will have on the level of service being received by Clare patients. Any evidence I have seen, on the one hand, saying the centralisation of services is best is more than countered by alternate evidence suggesting that the provision of local services is best. I am not entirely convinced that this decision will benefit the people of Clare in the long term", added Minister Killeen.


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