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Shutting down Portiuncula Hospital’s maternity unit is not the answer says former health forum chief
Shutting down Portiuncula Hospital’s maternity unit would not be the solution to problems raised about deficiencies in standards of care identified at the Ballinasloe facility, a former chairperson of the HSE’s west regional health forum said this week.
Speculation is mounting that maternity services at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe may be under threat as part of a new rationalisation plan being considered by the HSE West.
A county councillor and member of the HSE West’s regional health forum is calling on the health authority to re-establish a stroke service at Portiuncula Hospital.
The HSE has denied it is “fast-tracking” the closure of a psychiatric unit in Ballinasloe, but accepted it would be closed by the end of the year as part of its policy of re-integrating patients back to society from such institutions.
A number of medical students from NUI Galway and the University of Limerick will carry out a large component of their training at Portiuncula Hospital as part of the setting up of a joint medical academy at the Ballinasloe facility.
Almost ninety per cent of Portiuncula A&E patients discharged within six hours in one month last year
Almost nine out of 10 patients who attended Portiuncula Hospital’s emergency department in December were “seen” and discharged within six hours.
A local politician is urging the HSE West to openly discuss its cost-cutting proposals with the public before they are set in stone.
A local action committee is urging businesses, clubs, organisations and individuals to take part in a “Hands Around Our Hospital” protest aimed at highlighting concerns over future services at Portiuncula Hospital.
Up to 1,000 people are expected to march through the streets of Ballinasloe on Sunday amid fears that Portiuncula Hospital may be downgraded as part of a restructuring of hospitals in the region.
The HSE warned staff at Portiuncula Hospital this week that services will be curtailed and jobs put at risk if industrial action threatened by the Irish Nurses Organisation goes ahead.