There has been a ‘substantial reduction’ in number of cancelled operations at MRH Tullamore since the establishment of the Special Delivery Unit by Minister for Health James Reilly.
That’s according to Laois/Offaly Fine Gael TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy who welcomed the news saying it was another example that the Government’s plan for radical reform of our health service is reaping results.
“In June 2011, the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly TD, set up the Special Delivery Unit (SDU), the aim of which is to improve performance in the health service, with a focus on reducing the number of patients waiting on trolleys in our hospitals and also reducing waiting list times. We are now seeing real results in terms of each area,” commented Deputy Corcoran Kennedy.
She continued, “Where Tullamore Hospital is concerned, the number of cancelled day case or inpatient operations in 2012 was 523. This is a reduction from 762 in 2010 which is a 31.36% decrease in the two years since the Government took office.
“Improvements of this nature are key to delivering a health service that is fit for purpose and adequately meeting the needs of the Irish people. This improvement in management has contributed towards improvements in waiting lists nationally. “The number of patients waiting more than one year for an inpatient procedure is at its lowest level since records began” A maximum waiting time target has now been set for 12 months for a first time outpatient appointment and according to Deputy Corcoran Kennedy, this target should be achieved by the end of November.
“The determination of this Government to turn what was an ailing health service around so that we can bring an end to the unfair, unequal and inefficient health system and ensure that better health outcomes are achieved for all of our people is unwavering.
“We have always said that this Government’s ambitious programme of reform and cost control would not be implemented overnight.
However, we are now seeing real results in terms of how our hospitals operate. And the work will continue; once the SDU meets its stated targets, new, shorter targets are then being set so that hospitals are encouraged to keep improving.
“The reduction in the cancellation of operations and the waiting lists of daycase/inpatient operations in Tullamore Hospital means a better hospital experience for the sick people of County Offaly I look forward to the continuation of this work and to the future delivery of a better health service for all everyone in the County,” Deputy Corcoran Kennedy concluded.