7th January 2019
Monday 7th January 2019: The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has said that it is very concerned about the complacency in addressing the overwhelming capacity deficits in our public hospital and mental health services.
21st December 2018
HSE 2019 National Service Plan confirms lack of urgency in addressing overwhelming Public Hospital resource deficits
Friday, 21st December 2018: The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) is strongly of the view that the 2019 HSE National Service Plan (NSP), published yesterday, fails to even start to address in any meaningful manner the overwhelming capacity deficits in our public hospital and mental health services. The Association has outlined repeatedly in recent years to Ministers for Health that the underfunding of public hospitals is increasingly damaging the capacity to deliver care to patients. The Association said it has led to record numbers of patients being treated on trolleys and unacceptable waiting lists for inpatient surgical care and outpatient appointments.
7th December 2018
Friday 7th December 2018: The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has said it is concerned that the HSE’s Winter Plan unveiled yesterday is inadequate to address the high risk of an extremely damaging hospital crisis in the New Year, which could last for months. This is because the Plan has been announced too late and it is very limited given the huge capacity deficits that have built up in our public hospitals over the past decade.
8th November 2018
The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has rejected the Taoiseach’s claims that the solution to the trolley crisis is for hospital staff to cancel their annual leave over the Christmas period.
5th November 2018
IHCA respond to former head of HSE’s confirmation that lack of consultants is biggest impact on public hospitals
Note: Dr O’Hanlon is available for interview – please contact James Dunny (086 388 3903) to arrange
9th October 2018
9 October 2018 - The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has outlined its grave concern that the 2019 Health Budget is unlikely to address the serious capacity deficits that are delaying the provision of public hospital care to patients, unless urgent capacity needs in our acute hospitals are addressed. The Association outlined in great detail in its pre-budget submission to the Minister for Health and other government Ministers that underfunding of public hospitals has led to record numbers of patients on trolleys and on waiting lists.
6th October 2018
Chronic shortage of hospital consultants and capacity severely impacting patient care according to the IHCA
Saturday 6th October 2018: The widespread and chronic shortage of hospital consultants, beds and other facilities in public hospitals is severely impacting patient care across the country, according to the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA). At their Annual Conference in Galway today, the IHCA President, Dr Donal O’Hanlon, said a combination of having one of the lowest numbers of specialist hospital consultants in Europe and having over 500 unfilled posts is resulting in patients not being able to access timely medical care. The IHCA today held its 30th Annual Conference in Galway, which was attended by hospital consultants from across Ireland.
27th September 2018
2019 Health Budget needs to increase hospital capacity to provide care to patients without unacceptable delays
27 September 2018: The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) said that the 2019 Health Budget must increase the funding for public hospitals if the Government wishes to avoid record waiting lists and an increasing trolleys crisis next year. The Association said that each year over the past decade the health budget, and especially that for public hospitals, has been inadequately resourced to treat the growing number of patients that require hospital care. Both inpatient and outpatient waiting lists have increased by 40% in the last four years, which cannot be addressed properly without significantly increased funding to expand public hospital capacity.
21st September 2018
IHCA President outlines stark realities to Taoiseach and Ministers on irreparable damage to Public Hospital Care
The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) said that the Government must end the discrimination against new entrant Consultants before public hospital care and the population that depends upon it are irreparably damaged. The IHCA President, Dr Donal O’Hanlon, has taken the exceptional action of outlining the stark realities in letters to the Taoiseach, Ministers for Health, Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform and the main political party leaders and spokespersons on health, finance and expenditure. Dr O’Hanlon said that our acute hospital and mental health services will increasingly fail our patients due to the large number of approved permanent consultant posts that cannot be filled as a consequence of the discriminatory salary cuts imposed by the State on new entrant Consultants.
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