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12th December 2019

Statement by IHCA on comments by Minister Simon Harris on overcrowding in University Limerick Hospitals Group

The IHCA, commenting on Oireachtas Health Committee meeting yesterday in relation to the unacceptable overcrowding in the University Hospital Limerick (UHL) Emergency Department, said Minister Harris is incorrect in saying that UHL doctors (Consultants), other than surgeons, are not travelling to smaller hospitals. On the contrary, the majority of consultants in UHL, not just surgeons, are working in other hospitals in addition to UHL. This includes St John’s, Ennis, Nenagh, Newcastle West and Thurles Hospitals. 
11th December 2019

IHCA respond to comments made by Minister for Health Simon Harris before the Oireachtas Health Committee on Wed 11 Dec

“We welcome the commitment from Minister Harris to further engagement with the IHCA and its consultant members to address the ongoing consultant recruitment crisis. The Government’s discrimination against consultants since October 2012 has resulted in one-in-five, or 500 permanent consultant posts, being unfilled in public hospitals across Ireland. This has exacerbated the delays in providing care to patients and led to record waiting lists. Consultants have been repeatedly calling on the Government, but to no avail, to provide us with the capacity to treat all public hospital patients in a timely manner without delays.
6th December 2019

New data shows 15,167 ‘hidden’ children waiting for treatment at acute hospitals across West and North-West regions

117,000 children nationally now waiting for hospital care.  Hospital consultants call for data on the number of children waiting to be published, separate from adult figures. IHCA President Dr. Donal O’Hanlon: “That over 15,000 children, equivalent to the entire population of Castlebar, are waiting for hospital care across the Saolta University Health Care Group’s acute public hospitals, is hugely worrying. “The fact that this information is not published on a regular basis does not make the agonising wait for children and their families any less real or less damaging for the children whose healthy development is on hold”. The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has today (6 December 2019) called for “full transparency” on the numbers of children waiting to access treatment in the Saolta University Health Care Group’s public hospitals in Galway, Roscommon, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal.
6th December 2019

New data shows 6,675 ‘hidden’ children waiting for treatment in University of Limerick Hospital Group

117,000 children nationally now waiting for hospital care. Hospital consultants call for data on the number of children waiting to be published, separate from adult figures. IHCA President Dr. Donal O’Hanlon: “That over 6,600 children, equivalent to the entire population of Limerick’s Corbally, are waiting for hospital care across the University of Limerick Hospital Group’s acute public hospitals, is hugely worrying. “The fact that this information is not published on a regular basis does not make the agonising wait for children and their families any less real or less damaging for the children whose healthy development is on hold”. The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has today (6 December 2019) called for “full transparency” on the numbers of children waiting to access treatment in the University of Limerick Hospital Group’s public hospitals.
4th December 2019

IHCA statement on discharging of patients at St James's Hospital

“While the method, encouraging prompt discharge of patients at St James’s Hospital through incentives for individual hospital wards, was ill-judged, it does not take away from the underlying issue faced by the hospital professionals and all acute hospitals across the country. Namely, the severe shortage of acute hospital beds.
29th November 2019

Time to address crisis in hospitals - Opinion article in The Echo newspaper in Cork

Below is the text of an opinion article which appered in The Echo newspaper in Cork on 29 November 2019
28th November 2019

New data shows 16,938 ‘hidden’ children waiting for treatment in region’s hospitals

117,000 children nationally now waiting for hospital care
25th November 2019

IHCA comment on HSE’s response to the findings of the National Inpatient Experience Survey 2019

According IHCA President Dr. Donal O’Hanlon:
15th November 2019

Winter Plan too little too late as waiting lists unacceptable

51,059 people already added to the outpatient waiting list this year 151,637 people added to the outpatient waiting list since the Government first took office in May 2016, which is a 36% increase Winter flu likely to increase number of patients on trolleys and further add to waiting lists   Dr Donal O’Hanlon, IHCA President said: “the numbers waiting to see a hospital consultant have increased by an average of over 5,100 additional people per month since the start of this year. The consultant recruitment and retention crisis, with one in five permanent consultant posts now unfilled is a key factor in the long wait times patients face. We need to end this crisis by restoring pay parity for consultants appointed since 2012 in order to fill the large number of permanent consultant posts that are unfilled.”
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